1168. Odd wording for bitset equality operators

Section: 23.9.2.2 [bitset.members] Status: NAD Editorial Submitter: Alisdair Meredith Opened: 2009-07-02 Last modified: 2016-02-10

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Discussion:

The following wording seems a little unusual to me:

p42/43 23.9.2.2 [bitset.members]

bool operator==(const bitset<N>& rhs) const;

-42- Returns: A nonzero value if the value of each bit in *this equals the value of the corresponding bit in rhs.

bool operator!=(const bitset<N>& rhs) const;

-43- Returns: A nonzero value if !(*this == rhs).

"A nonzero value" may be well defined as equivalent to the literal 'true' for Booleans, but the wording is clumsy. I suggest replacing "A nonzero value" with the literal 'true' (in appropriate font) in each case.

[ 2009-07-24 Alisdair recommends NAD Editorial. ]

[ 2009-07-27 Pete adds: ]

It's obviously editorial. There's no need for further discussion.

[ 2009-07-27 Howard sets to NAD Editorial. ]

Proposed resolution:

Change 23.9.2.2 [bitset.members] p42-43:

bool operator==(const bitset<N>& rhs) const;

-42- Returns: A nonzero value true if the value of each bit in *this equals the value of the corresponding bit in rhs.

bool operator!=(const bitset<N>& rhs) const;

-43- Returns: A nonzero value true if !(*this == rhs).