517. Should include name in external representation

Section: 28.5.3 [rand.req], 99 [tr.rand.req] Status: NAD Submitter: Walter Brown Opened: 2005-07-03 Last modified: 2016-01-28 10:19:27 UTC

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The last two rows of Table 16 deal with the i/o requirements of an engine, specifying that the textual representation of an engine's state, appropriately formatted, constitute the engine's external representation.

This seems adequate when an engine's type is known. However, it seems inadequate in the context of generic code, where it becomes useful and perhaps even necessary to determine an engine's type via input.

Proposed resolution:

We therefore recommend that, in each of these two rows of Table 16, the text "textual representation" be expanded so as to read "engine name followed by the textual representation."

[ Berlin: N1932 considers this NAD. This is a QOI issue. ]