(j3.2006) What IFIP WG 2.5 has sent to IEEE P754

Van Snyder Van.Snyder
Wed Nov 21 17:49:26 EST 2007

On Wed, 2007-11-21 at 16:47 -0600, Bill Long wrote:
> Dan Nagle wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > Bill Long wrote:
> >   
> >> Priceless!  This should keep them busy for another 10 years.  At
> the 
> >> February WG5 meeting, can we finally delete UK-003 "Conformance to
> 754R" 
> >> from the work list?
> >>     
> >
> > Whether the debate continues or not is unknown now,
> > but we should be ready for the contingency.
> >   
> It's more than that.  If this new stuff ends up in 754R, I definitely
> do not want conformance a requirement in Fortran.  

The interval arithmetic and exact arithmetic facilities are both
proposed to be optional in P754r.  There are weasel words "if a system
provides..." throughout.  Providing these features wouldn't be required
either for hardware vendors or languages; they could conform to the
standard without providing them.

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