Tue, 21 Nov 2000 16:20:02 -0600
There has been some confusion regarding the status of consolidated Ada
Manual announced here last month.
In September 2000, WG 9 approved and forwarded Technical Corrigendum 1 to SC
22 for ISO approval, anticipated in February 2001. The Technical Corrigendum
lists the individual changes that need to be made to the text of the
International Standard to correct errors, omissions or inconsistencies. Once
approved, the corrections specified in Technical Corrigendum 1 will be part
of the International Standard ISO/IEC 8652:1995(E).
When ISO publishes Technical Corrigendum 1, it is unlikely that ISO will
also publish a document that merges the Technical Corrigendum changes into
the text of the International Standard. However, ISO rules require that the
project editor for the Technical Corrigendum be able to produce such a
document on demand.
The consolidated version of the Ada Reference Manual is what the project
editor would provide to ISO in response to such a request. It incorporates
the changes specified in the Technical Corrigendum into the text of ISO/IEC
8652:19995(E), along with some editorial corrections (deletion of empty
paragraphs, correction of fonts, removal of doubled words, and correction of
punctuation). The consolidated version of the Ada Reference Manual is
therefore not an official ISO document, and does not represent a revision to
the Ada standard. As it is very inconvenient to have the Reference Manual
for Ada specified in two documents, this consolidated version of the Ada
Reference Manual is made available to the public.
We've added an additional Foreword to this version of the Ada Reference
Manual which clarifies the status of the document. We also took the
opportunity to correct 5 small editing errors in the previous version. None
of the technical content has been changed.
The new versions are available on the same web page as the previous ones:
ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 22/WG 9/ARG Editor
(Sorry if you get this multiple times; I've posted it in all of the places
that the original announcement was found.)