Throughout this book, when referring to
conformance to the ISO C standard, I will generally just say
‘C.’ Only if it is
necessary to distinguish between Standard C and older, pre-Standard versions of
C will I make a distinction.
At this writing the
Committee was finished working on the language. Thus, I will use the term
to refer to the standardized language. If I simply refer
to C++ you should assume I mean “Standard C++.”
There is some confusion over the actual
name of the C++ Standards Committee and the name of the standard itself. Steve
Clamage, the committee chair, clarified this:
There are two C++ standardization
committees: The NCITS (formerly X3) J16 committee and the ISO JTC1/SC22/WG14
committee. ANSI charters NCITS to create technical committees for developing
American national standards.
J16 was chartered in 1989 to create an
American standard for C++. In about 1991 WG14 was chartered to create an
international standard. The J16 project was converted to a "Type I"
(International) project and subordinated to the ISO standardization effort.
The two committees meet at the same
time at the same location, and the J16 vote constitutes the American vote on
WG14. WG14 delegates technical work to J16. WG14 votes on the technical work of
The C++ standard was originally
created as an ISO standard. ANSI later voted (as recommended by J16) to adopt
the ISO C++ standard as the American standard for C++.
Thus, ‘ISO’ is the correct
way to refer to the C++