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The HPF Forum had two important goals that were sometimes in conflict:
One compromise made to satisfy both goals was to divide the language
definition into two parts. HPF 2.0 is very similar to HPF 1.1, and is
expected to be efficiently implemented by a number of vendors within
approximately one year from the appearance of this document. Advanced
features that require more implementation effort are collected as
Approved Extensions. Implementors are encouraged to support these
features as rapidly as possible, and users are encouraged to speed
this process by making their wishes known to the vendors.
- Providing advanced language capabilities that users had
- Allowing fast compiler development by vendors.