That's not a regression – but the manual has to be updated for the TS29113 changes before the 4.8 release – and marking it as regression.
Additionally, the F2003 & F2008 status should be updated.
And, we should consider to also link to the deferred-length string version of ISO Varying strings at
And as always: Read through the whole document – and the internals document – and consider improvements of all kinds.
Date: Thu Feb 7 11:08:20 2013
New Revision: 195845
2013-02-07 Tobias Burnus <firstname.lastname@example.org>
* gfortran.texi (Standards): Mention TS29113.
(Varying Length Character): Mention deferred-length
(Fortran 2003 Status): Add unlimited polymorphic.
(TS 29113 Status): Add TYPE(*) and DIMENSION(..).
(C Interop): Update the section about TS29113.