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2571. Evaluation order for subscripting

Section:  [expr.sub]     Status: CD6     Submitter: Corentin Jabot     Date: 2022-04-21

[Accepted at the July, 2022 meeting.]

The specification about the relative sequencing of multiple parameters of the subscripting operator is missing. Also, issue 2507 adds support for default arguments for user-defined subscripting operators, but the sequencing of these is unspecified, too.

Suggested resolution: [SUPERSEDED]

Add a new paragraph 4 at the end of [expr.sub]:

If the subscript operator invokes an operator function, the sequencing restrictions of the corresponding function call expression apply (12.4.5 [over.sub], []).

Notes from the 2022-05-20 CWG telecon:

A wording approach amending [over.match.oper] paragraph 2 instead would be preferred.

Possible resolution (2022-05-21): [SUPERSEDED]

Change in [over.match.oper] paragraph 2 as follows:

Therefore, the operator notation is first transformed to the equivalent function-call notation as summarized in Table 17 (where @ denotes one of the operators covered in the specified subclause). However, except for the subscript operator ( [expr.sub]), the operands are sequenced in the order prescribed for the built-in operator (7.6 [expr.compound]).

Notes from the 2022-06-03 CWG telecon:

Repeating the function call rules for the subscript operator in [expr.sub] instead would be preferred, to avoid any impression of a special case.

Proposed resolution (2022-06-24, amended 2022-07-15, approved by CWG 2022-07-15):

Change in [expr.sub] paragraph 1 as follows:

A subscript expression is a postfix expression followed by square brackets containing a possibly empty, comma-separated list of initializer-clauses which that constitute the arguments to the subscript operator. The postfix-expression and the initialization of the object parameter of any applicable subscript operator function is sequenced before each expression in the expression-list and also before any default argument. The initialization of a non-object parameter of a subscript operator function S (12.4.5 [over.sub]), including every associated value computation and side effect, is indeterminately sequenced with respect to that of any other non-object parameter of S.