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Section: 23.3.4 [iterator.concepts] Status: TC1 Submitter: Stephen Cleary Opened: 2000-02-02 Last modified: 2016-02-10
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In 24.1 paragraph 5, it is stated ". . . Dereferenceable and past-the-end values are always non-singular."
This places an unnecessary restriction on past-the-end iterators for containers with forward iterators (for example, a singly-linked list). If the past-the-end value on such a container was a well-known singular value, it would still satisfy all forward iterator requirements.
Removing this restriction would allow, for example, a singly-linked list without a "footer" node.
This would have an impact on existing code that expects past-the-end iterators obtained from different (generic) containers being not equal.
Change 23.3.4 [iterator.concepts] paragraph 5, the last sentence, from:
Dereferenceable and past-the-end values are always non-singular.
Dereferenceable values are always non-singular.
For some kinds of containers, including singly linked lists and zero-length vectors, null pointers are perfectly reasonable past-the-end iterators. Null pointers are singular.