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314. template in base class specifier

Section: 13.3  [temp.names]     Status: C++17     Submitter: Mark Mitchell     Date: 23 Aug 2001

[Adopted at the February/March, 2017 meeting.]

The EDG front-end accepts:

template <typename T>
struct A {
  template <typename U>
  struct B {};

template <typename T>
struct C : public A<T>::template B<T> {

It rejects this code if the base-specifier is spelled A<T>::B<T>.

However, the grammar for a base-specifier does not allow the template keyword.

Suggested resolution:

It seems to me that a consistent approach to the solution that looks like it will be adopted for issue 180 (which deals with the typename keyword in similar contexts) would be to assume that B is a template if it is followed by a "<". After all, an expression cannot appear in this context.

Notes from the 4/02 meeting:

We agreed that template must be allowed in this context. The syntax needs to be changed. We also opened the related issue 343.

Additional note (August, 2010):

The same considerations apply to mem-initializer-ids, as noted in issue 1019.

Additional note (January, 2014):

See also issue 1710.

Proposed resolution (March, 2017):

This issue is resolved by the resolution of issue 1710.