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807. typeid expressions in constant expressions

Section: 7.7  [expr.const]     Status: NAD     Submitter: UK     Date: 3 March, 2009

N2800 comment UK 51

typeid expressions can never be constant, whether or not the operand is a polymorphic class type. The result of the expression is a reference, and the typeinfo class that the reference refers to is polymorphic, with a virtual destructor - it can never be a literal type.

Rationale (July, 2009):

The intent of this specification was that the address of such a typeinfo object could be treated as an address constant and thus usable in constant initialization (contrary to the statement in the comment, the result of typeid is an lvalue, not a reference).