(j3.2006) (SC22WG5.5354) [ukfortran] From a colleague

Malcolm Cohen malcolm
Tue Oct 28 00:19:05 EDT 2014

>The problem

There is no problem.

>He didn't write that he was getting diagnostics.  He wrote that he "just
>learned that at least some compilers will no longer support the
>arithmetic IF statement."

So at best hearsay, at worst completely made up.  I suspect a chain of chinese 
whispers and misunderstandings.

Someone claiming that someone says that someone says that someone won't support 
something at some time in the unspecified future is no evidence at all.

>I agree arithmetic IF shouldn't be used NOW, but giving the advice that
>"you should never use it" requires the owner of fifty-year-old code
>(that works extremely well) to have a time machine to return to 1966 and
>advise against it.

Oh, so now it's F66 code not F77 code.

I look forward to your proposal to reintroduce Hollerith constants, the extended 
range of the DO loop, etc.

................................Malcolm Cohen, Nihon NAG, Tokyo. 

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