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System Class BROADCAST-STREAM

Class Precedence List

broadcast-stream, stream, t

Description

A broadcast stream is an output stream which has associated with it a set of zero or more output streams such that any output sent to the broadcast stream gets passed on as output to each of the associated output streams. (If a broadcast stream has no component streams, then all output to the broadcast stream is discarded.)

The set of operations that may be performed on a broadcast stream is the intersection of those for its associated output streams.

Some output operations (e.g. fresh-line) return values based on the state of the stream at the time of the operation.

Since these values might differ for each of the component streams, it is necessary to describe their return value specifically:

For any output operations not having their return values explicitly specified above or elsewhere in this document, it is defined that the values returned by such an operation are the values resulting from performing the operation on the last of its component streams; the values resulting from performing the operation on all preceding streams are discarded. If there are no component streams, the value is implementation-dependent.

See Also

\issue{TYPE-OF-AND-PREDEFINED-CLASSES:UNIFY-AND-EXTEND} \issue{STREAM-ACCESS:ADD-TYPES-ACCESSORS} \issue{BROADCAST-STREAM-RETURN-VALUES:CLARIFY-MINIMALLY}