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1711. Missing specification of variable template partial specializations

Section: 13.7.6  [temp.spec.partial]     Status: CD6     Submitter: Richard Smith     Date: 2013-07-08

[Accepted at the November, 2020 meeting as paper P2096R2.]

It appears that partial specializations of variable templates are intended to be supported, as 13.4.4 [temp.arg.template] paragraph 2 says,

Any partial specializations (13.7.6 [temp.spec.partial]) associated with the primary class template or primary variable template are considered when a specialization based on the template template-parameter is instantiated.

However, there is no explicit specification for how they are to be handled, and the wording in 13.7.6 [temp.spec.partial] and its subsections explicitly applies only to partial specializations of class templates.

Additional note, July, 2017:

The term “primary template” appears not to be defined in the current wording; the resolution of this issue might be a good opportunity to add such a definition.