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Re: [ddlm-group] [THREAD 4] UTF8

Dear Nick,

   Fortran dates from the days of "unit record" equipment, fixed length
records on magnetic tape, and variable length records on paper tape.
Part of the Fortran language spec is an I/O system for those days
that pads incoming character data on read an arbitrary number of
blanks on every "formatted" read, and which provides _no_ way to
detect the original line termination.

   The language is also remarkably clumsy in handling variable length
strings, preferring to pad, again with blanks, on every string assignment.

   It make fore great fun in programming for it.

   I would advise you to stick to C/C++/java, etc.


  Herbert J. Bernstein, Professor of Computer Science
    Dowling College, Kramer Science Center, KSC 121
         Idle Hour Blvd, Oakdale, NY, 11769


On Tue, 13 Oct 2009, Nick Spadaccini wrote:

> On 13/10/09 10:46 PM, "Herbert J. Bernstein" <yaya@bernstein-plus-sons.com>
> wrote:
>> The simple cure (just use C-I/O) is not acceptable to certain major
>> crytallographic application developers.  On that, too, there are fixes
>> in the wings, but not solid yet.
>> For now, I think we need to include trailing blank stripping in the spec.
> C-I/O-*nix person here doesn't quite understand what the issue is here. It
> has been a long time since I programmed in Fortran. Can you clarify please.
> I don't understand why issues with padding need to be dealt with in a
> specification.
> cheers
> Nick
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