1. Scope

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1 This International Standard specifies the form and establishes the interpretation of programs written in the C programming language.1)

2 It specifies

3 —  the representation of C programs;

4 —  the syntax and constraints of the C language;

5 —  the semantic rules for interpreting C programs;

6 —  the representation of input data to be processed by C programs;

7 —  the representation of output data produced by C programs;

8 —  the restrictions and limits imposed by a conforming implementation of C.

9 This International Standard does not specify

10 —  the mechanism by which C programs are transformed for use by a data-processing system;

11 —  the mechanism by which C programs are invoked for use by a data-processing system;

12 —  the mechanism by which input data are transformed for use by a C program;

13 —  the mechanism by which output data are transformed after being produced by a C program;

14 1) This International Standard is designed to promote the portability of C programs among a variety of data-processing systems.

15 It is intended for use by implementors and programmers.

16 —  the size or complexity of a program and its data that will exceed the capacity of any specific data-processing system or the capacity of a particular processor;

17 —  all minimal requirements of a data-processing system that is capable of supporting a conforming implementation.


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