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2213. Forward declaration of partial specializations

Section:  [dcl.type.elab]     Status: CD6     Submitter: Richard Smith     Date: 2015-12-11

[Accepted at the November, 2020 meeting as part of paper P1787R6 and moved to DR at the February, 2021 meeting.]

According to [dcl.type.elab] paragraph 1,

If an elaborated-type-specifier is the sole constituent of a declaration, the declaration is ill-formed unless it is an explicit specialization (13.9.4 [temp.expl.spec]), an explicit instantiation (13.9.3 [temp.explicit]) or it has one of the following forms:

This implies that class template partial specializations cannot be forward-declared, which is probably unintentional.

Notes from the November, 2016 meeting:

CWG felt that forward declarations of partial specializations should be allowed.