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1887. Problems with :: as nested-name-specifier

Section: 9.9  [namespace.udecl]     Status: CD4     Submitter: Jeff Snyder     Date: 2014-03-04

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

Issue 1411 added :: as a production for nested-name-specifier. However, the grammar for using-declarations should have been updated but was overlooked:

In addition, there is some verbiage in [namespace.qual] paragraph 1 and 9.9 [namespace.udecl] paragraph 9 that should probably be revised.

Proposed resolution (October, 2014):

  1. Change the grammar in 9.9 [namespace.udecl] paragraph 1 as follows:

  2. Change [namespace.qual] paragraph 1 as follows:

  3. If the nested-name-specifier of a qualified-id nominates a namespace (including the case where the nested-name-specifier is ::, i.e., nominating the global namespace), the name specified after the nested-name-specifier is looked up in the scope of the namespace. If a qualified-id starts with ::, the name after the :: is looked up in the global namespace. In either case, the The names in a template-argument of a template-id are looked up in the context in which the entire postfix-expression occurs.
  4. Change _N4567_.5.1.1 [expr.prim.general] paragraph 10 as follows:

  5. A ::, or a The nested-name-specifier :: names the global namespace. A nested-name-specifier that names a namespace (9.8 [basic.namespace]), in either case followed by the name of a member of that namespace (or the name of a member of a namespace made visible by a using-directive), is a qualified-id; [namespace.qual] describes name lookup for namespace members that appear in qualified-ids. The result is...
  6. Change 9.9 [namespace.udecl] paragraph 9 as follows:

  7. Members declared by a using-declaration can be referred to by explicit qualification just like other member names ( [namespace.qual]). In a using-declaration, a prefix :: refers to the global namespace. [Example: