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2023-01-15


1705. Unclear specification of “more specialized”

Section: 13.10.3.5  [temp.deduct.partial]     Status: CD4     Submitter: Johannes Schaub     Date: 2013-06-26

[Moved to DR at the November, 2014 meeting.]

The current wording of 13.10.3.5 [temp.deduct.partial] paragraph 10 is:

If for each type being considered a given template is at least as specialized for all types and more specialized for some set of types and the other template is not more specialized for any types or is not at least as specialized for any types, then the given template is more specialized than the other template. Otherwise, neither template is more specialized than the other.

This is confusing and needs to be clarified.

Proposed resolution (September, 2013) [SUPERSEDED]:

Change 13.10.3.5 [temp.deduct.partial] paragraphs 9 and 10 as follows:

If, for a given type, deduction succeeds in both directions (i.e., the types are identical after the transformations above) and both P and A were reference types (before being replaced with the type referred to above):

If for each type being considered a given template is at least as specialized for all types and more specialized for some set of types and the other template is not more specialized for any types or is not at least as specialized for any types, then the given template is more specialized than the other template. Otherwise, neither template is more specialized than the other. A given template is at least as specialized as another template if it is at least as specialized as the other template for all types being considered. A given template is more specialized than another template if it is at least as specialized as the other template for all types being considered, and the other template is not at least as specialized as the given template for any type being considered.

Proposed resolution (February, 2014):

Change 13.10.3.5 [temp.deduct.partial] paragraphs 9-10 as follows:

If, for a given type, deduction succeeds in both directions (i.e., the types are identical after the transformations above) and both P and A were reference types (before being replaced with the type referred to above):

If for each type being considered a given template is at least as specialized for all types and more specialized for some set of types and the other template is not more specialized for any types or is not at least as specialized for any types, then the given template is more specialized than the other template. Otherwise, neither template is more specialized than the other. Function template F is at least as specialized as function template G if, for each pair of types used to determine the ordering, the type from F is at least as specialized as the type from G. F is more specialized than G if F is at least as specialized as G and G is not at least as specialized as F.