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[Voted into WP at the October, 2006 meeting.]
For the same reasons that issue 382 proposes for relaxation of the requirements on typename, it would make sense to allow the ::template disambiguator outside of templates.
See also issues 11, 30, 96, and 109.
Proposed resolution (October, 2005):
Change 13.3 [temp.names] paragraph 5 as indicated:
If a name prefixed by the keyword template is not the name of a template, the program is ill-formed. [Note: the keyword template may not be applied to non-template members of class templates. —end note]
Furthermore, names of member templates shall not be prefixed by the keyword template if the postfix-expression or qualified-id does not appear in the scope of a template.[Note: just as is the case with the typename prefix, the template prefix is allowed in cases where it is not strictly necessary; i.e., when the expression on the left of the -> or . , or the nested-name-specifieris not dependent on a template-parameter. —end note]