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I have this sentence:

"Whether the toString function can be applied successfully to a host object is implementation-dependent"

What is the meaning of "implementation-dependent"?

P.S If you need additional information, inform me.

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It's a common phrase in the computer world, but unknown in ordinary English.

It means that the language or system specification does not say whether or not you can do this: somebody implementing the system can choose to let you, or choose not to.

  • Oops, I just accepted the editing, which slightly distorted the meaning. I wanted to ask what does "implementation-dependent" refer to? To a host object or to the toString function? – MaximPro Feb 12 '18 at 9:22
  • @MaximPro - the phrase "implementation-dependent" refers to the successful application of the toString function. – Canadian Yankee Feb 12 '18 at 16:41
  • Sorry, I didn't realise what your problem was. The subject of the sentence is the clause Whether the toString function can be applied successfully to a host object. – Colin Fine Feb 12 '18 at 18:22
  • @CanadianYankee I think you are right! – MaximPro Feb 12 '18 at 21:10

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