(j3.2006) (SC22WG5.5397) [ukfortran] Straw vote on draft DTS

Bill Long longb
Thu Dec 11 17:13:48 EST 2014

On Dec 11, 2014, at 10:49 AM, N.M. Maclaren <nmm1 at cam.ac.uk> wrote:

> On Dec 11 2014, Van Snyder wrote:
>> If the provision in the Introduction that "the semantics and syntax
>> specified by this Technical Specification be included in the next
>> revision of ISO/IEC 1539-1 without change" were removed, or the caveat

Except that Van left out the words coming after ?without change? : ?unless experience in the implementation and use of this feature identifies errors that need to be corrected?.

There is more than ample flexibility to ?fix? any actual problems during integration into F2015. 


>> "changes are needed to achieve proper integration" were weakened to
>> allow whatever substantive technical changes are necessary to address
>> unforeseen problems, I would vote to approve the TS.
> That was one of my comments on a previous draft.  I lost.
>> Otherwise, I fear it has the potential to require an avalanch of
>> interps.
> Oh, I can assure you that isn't the problem - it has the potential to
> kill Fortran except for extreme HPC use on specialist HPC systems.
> If it includes a feature that is attractive but not practically usable,
> a LOT of users will use it, find it doesn't work, and say that Fortran
> doesn't work.
> Regards,
> Nick Maclaren.
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