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Does C++ have an "official" language specification document, similar to the Sun/Oracle:

http://docs.oracle.com/javase/specs/#6.6.1

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That's not really hard to find, everything you need is on the Wikipedia article on C++. –  Yannis Rizos Apr 7 '12 at 3:08
    
The Oracle Java Spec contains much more detail than the C++ wikipedia article? Its 600 pages long and is THE spec.... –  user997112 Apr 7 '12 at 3:14
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What? Did you bother to follow the link? It explains C++ standardization and where to find the actual specification, obviously I didn't mean that the Wikipedia article is the specification... –  Yannis Rizos Apr 7 '12 at 3:15
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Yes i did. The way you worded "everything you need" sounded like you were suggesting the article was the spec! –  user997112 Apr 7 '12 at 13:43

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The C++ specification can be bought from ISO for the equivalent around $300 US. The BSI imprinted version is a bit more pricey -- around $750US if memory serves.

Fortunately, the ANSI has priced their version a bit more reasonably -- $30US.

While the truly official version isn't free, if you want something really close that is free, the standard committee's web site has a draft from shortly before standardization, and another from just after, with a few typos fixed and such.

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I think the closest to official are the ISO/IEC 14882 standards (warning: paywall, you will not be able to download the standard without a subscription).

ISO/IEC 14882:2011 specifies requirements for implementations of the C++ programming language. The first such requirement is that they implement the language, and so ISO/IEC 14882:2011 also defines C++. Other requirements and relaxations of the first requirement appear at various places within ISO/IEC 14882:2011.

However, as stated in a comment below, the drafts of those standards are available for free, such as here.

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I found this for free: open-std.org/jtc1/sc22/wg21 –  user997112 Apr 7 '12 at 13:44

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