(j3.2006) (SC22WG5.5738) [ukfortran] Units of measure

N.M. Maclaren nmm1
Wed Jun 29 15:01:15 EDT 2016

On Jun 29 2016, Bill Long wrote:
>> Van asks
>> 2. Did you ask whether my offer to remove the promise to incorporate the
>> specification into a future revision of the standard made a difference
>> in their positions?
>> For all those that attended the London meeting, I would appreciate your 
>> thoughts on this.
>> I think I should perhaps add a paragraph on 2. I think the sentiment 
>> was that it would obviate the whole point of a TS - to define a feature 
>> that WG5 intended eventually to include in the standard.
> I agree with John that this is the operational norm for WG5 and making an 
> exception here weakens the norm for other proposals.

While that is true, there were people who felt that using TSs solely for
that purpose was a mistake.

> An additional motivation for a TS is to provide purchase agents with a 
> document to cite in writing a proposal that has the effect of forcing 
> vendors to implement this, independent of whether it will ever be part of 
> the base standard. Even if only one entity is interested in the feature, 
> if its budget is sufficient it has the effect of forcing all vendors. 
> Avoiding this situation is a high priority. The implementation costs 
> greatly outweigh the benefit in this case, and vendors are not awash with 
> free resources for such a project.

Again, there were people who disagreed with that.


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