(j3.2006) a question on allowing internal procedures as procedure targets
Mon Nov 3 19:36:15 EST 2008
Michael Ingrassia wrote:
> Oops, did I say 126.96.36.199? I meant 188.8.131.52.
> Actually, 184.108.40.206 may not be saying quite what it ought (or I'm just not
> reading it correctly). The last sentence of p4 says
Please read what host instance is. It's the instance of the host bound
to the procedure pointer (or dummy).
> which seems to say that f gets access to the entities to the host instance
> of func !!! Cool! f is not limited to accessing entities from its host,
> but can access entities from ANY scoping unit which can declare a
> procedure pointer and call externFn !
Obviously it does not seem to say that if you use the actual meaning of
"host instance" rather than making one up.
> That's gotta be wrong I think.
"host instance" does appear in the index...
...I could make it a defined term, but the definition would not be
easier to understand than the normative text that says how it comes
about and what it's used for...
...and I would have thought that having a strange term that's being used
as the "static link" consistently would make a reader think "hmm, maybe
this term means static link and not something else I just made up -
perhaps I should look it up". [P.S. I don't think "static link" is a
better term than "host instance", either.]
BTW, there is a giant clue that "host instance" does not mean the
procedure in which the procedure pointer is declared, because a
procedure pointer *is not a scope* and *does not have a host*.
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