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Section: 24.2.7 [associative.reqmts] Status: NAD Submitter: Tomasz Kamiński Opened: 2014-07-14 Last modified: 2018-06-23
Priority: Not Prioritized
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Currently the heterogeneous lookup in associative container are
enabled by presence of
is_transparent nested type in the comparator
type (24.2.7 [associative.reqmts]). This complicates the definition
of call wrapper types that want to define
is_transparent if they wrap
a callable type that defines
is_transparent, and requires the target
to be a complete type in cases where an incomplete type would otherwise be ok.
is_transparent member to
a third-party comparison type that they do not control, even if they
know it supports heterogeneous comparisons.
If the associative containers used a trait instead of checking for an
is_transparent member type then it would avoid the requirement for
complete types, and would allow customization of the trait without
modifying the comparator type. This would also be consistent with the
For backward compatibility with the existing design, the default
implementation of the
is_transparent trait could depend on the
presence of the
is_transparent nested type.
Move to LEWG
Request for a new metafunction should first be responded to by LEWG.
[2017-02 in Kona, LEWG recommends NAD]
In all discussions of heterogeneous lookup, the entire set of those discussions has been different integer types or string_view vs string. There actually hasn't been an example, that we are aware of, besides those two. -- Could always wrap the third-party type with the comparator? -- Could benefit from a motivating example. -- is_transparent<>, what does it mean?
[2017-06-02 Issues Telecon]
The advantages of changing the API now are not sufficiently clear. We invite a paper presenting motivating examples and more details of the proposed change, but at present consider this Not A Defect.
Resolve as NAD