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g77 strictly assigns types to all constants not
documented as "typeless" (typeless constants including
Many other Fortran compilers attempt to assign types to typed constants
based on their context.
This results in hard-to-find bugs, nonportable
code, and is not in the spirit (though it strictly follows the letter)
of the 77 and 90 standards.
g77 might offer, in a future release, explicit constructs by
which a wider variety of typeless constants may be specified, and/or
user-requested warnings indicating places where
g77 might differ
from how other compilers assign types to constants.
See Context-Sensitive Constants, for more information on this issue.