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210. distance first and last confused

Section: 27 [algorithms] Status: TC1 Submitter: Lisa Lippincott Opened: 2000-02-15 Last modified: 2016-01-28

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In paragraph 9 of section 27 [algorithms], it is written:

In the description of the algorithms operators + and - are used for some of the iterator categories for which they do not have to be defined. In these cases the semantics of [...] a-b is the same as of

     return distance(a, b);

Proposed resolution:

On the last line of paragraph 9 of section 27 [algorithms] change "a-b" to "b-a".


There are two ways to fix the defect; change the description to b-a or change the return to distance(b,a). The LWG preferred the former for consistency.