(j3.2006) Asymmetry of REAL, CMPLX intrinsics

Bill Long longb
Mon Jan 7 19:21:28 EST 2008

Van Snyder wrote:
> On Mon, 2008-01-07 at 18:34 -0500, Dan Nagle wrote:
>> In any case, now is not the time.
>> I'm opposed to adding new features to f08,
>> we ought to be thinking of what,
>> of the little things other than co-arrays,
>> could be removed.
> 1.  The original letter said "now is probably not the time."
> 2.  Why make work for ourselves and the editor by throwing out stuff
> that's already developed?  Let's focus on getting what we have done
> right.

External activities (or lack thereof) could prompt the removal of  a 
feature. Ditching the radix argument to ieee_selected_real_kind  is a 
candidate since there is no relevant IEEE document to reference.  Also, 
it seemed that the discussion of the new special functions might be 
incomplete.  However, overall, I agree with Van's comment.  Deliberately 
looking for things to exclude was the task a while ago; now the focus 
should be on polish and integration.

I do find Dan's characterization of co-arrays as a "little thing" 


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