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[Voted into WP at April 2003 meeting.]
The wording in 6.7.3 [basic.life] paragraph 6 allows an lvalue designating an out-of-lifetime object to be used as the operand of a static_cast only if the conversion is ultimately to "char&" or "unsigned char&". This description excludes the possibility of using a cv-qualified version of these types for no apparent reason.
Notes on 04/01 meeting:
The wording should be changed to allow cv-qualified char types.
Proposed resolution (04/01):
In 6.7.3 [basic.life] paragraph 6 change the third bullet: