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1984. Lossless narrowing conversions

Section: 9.4.5  [dcl.init.list]     Status: NAD     Submitter: Hubert Tong     Date: 2014-08-13

According to 9.4.5 [dcl.init.list] bullet 7.3, an implicit conversion

from an integer type or unscoped enumeration type to a floating-point type, except where the source is a constant expression and the actual value after conversion will fit into the target type and will produce the original value when converted back to the original type

is a narrowing conversion. There does not seem to be a good reason why a conversion from, for example, an unsigned char value to a floating point value should be considered to be narrowing, since floating point types should be able represent all the values.

Rationale (November, 2014):

CWG felt that type-based (in contrast to value-based) restrictions such as this should not depend on the platform-specific characteristics of the type, so the general rule should apply.