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3354. has_strong_structural_equality has a meaningless definition

Section: 20.15.4.3 [meta.unary.prop], 17.3.2 [version.syn] Status: WP Submitter: Daniel Krügler Opened: 2019-12-08 Last modified: 2020-02-24

Priority: 1

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Discussion:

After the Belfast 2019 meeting with the acceptance of P1907R1 the core language term "strong structural equality" has been removed and instead a more general definition of a "structural type" has been introduced that is suitable to be used as non-type template parameter. These changes have caused the current definition of the has_strong_structural_equality type trait (which had originally been introduced by P1614R2 during the Cologne 2019 meeting) to become meaningless since it is currently defined as follows:

The type T has strong structural equality (11.11.1 [class.compare.default]).

Besides the now undefined term "strong structural equality", the reference to 11.11.1 [class.compare.default] doesn't make sense anymore, assuming that the trait definition is supposed to refer now to a type that can be used as non-type template parameter.

During library reflector discussions several informal naming suggestions has been mentioned, such as is_structural[_type], can_be_nttp, is_nontype_template_parameter_type.

Albeit is_structural_type would come very near to the current core terminology, core experts have argued that the term "structural type" should be considered as a "core-internal" term that may easily be replaced post-C++20.

In addition to that definition and naming question of that type trait it should be discussed whether there should exist a specific feature macro for just this type trait, similar to the reason why we introduced the __cpp_lib_has_unique_object_representations test macro for the has_unique_object_representations type trait while voting in P0258R2. The submitter of this issue believes that such a feature macro should be added and given that its final definition should be related to the date of the acceptance of this issue (and should not be related to any historically accepted papers such as P1614R2).

[2020-01 Priority set to 1 and questions to LEWG after review on the reflector.]

Previous resolution [SUPERSEDED]:

This wording is relative to N4842.

  1. Modify 17.3.2 [version.syn], header <version> synopsis, as indicated (The symbolic ??????L represents the date to be defined by the project editor):

    […]
    #define __cpp_lib_is_swappable               201603L // also in <type_traits>
    #define __cpp_lib_is_template_parameter_type ??????L // also in <type_traits>
    #define __cpp_lib_jthread                    201911L // also in <stop_token>, <thread>
    […]
    
  2. Modify 20.15.2 [meta.type.synop], header <type_traits> synopsis, as indicated:

    […]
    template<class T> struct has_unique_object_representations;
    
    template<class T> struct has_strong_structural_equalityis_template_parameter_type;
    
    // 20.15.5 [meta.unary.prop.query], type property queries
    […]
    template<class T>
      inline constexpr bool has_unique_object_representations_v
        = has_unique_object_representations<T>::value;
    
    template<class T>
      inline constexpr bool has_strong_structural_equality_vis_template_parameter_type_v
        = has_strong_structural_equalityis_template_parameter_type<T>::value;
        
    // 20.15.5 [meta.unary.prop.query], type property queries
    […]
    
  3. Modify 20.15.2 [meta.type.synop], Table 47 ([tab:meta.unary.prop]) — "Type property predicates" — as indicated:

    Table 47: Type property predicates [tab:meta.unary.prop]
    Template Condition Preconditions
    template<class T>
    struct
    has_strong_structural_equalityis_template_parameter_type;
    The type T has strong
    structural
    equality (11.11.1 [class.compare.default])

    can be used as non-type
    template-parameter (13.2 [temp.param])
    .
    T shall be a complete type,
    cv void, or an array of
    unknown bound.

    If T is a class type, T shall
    be a complete type.

[2020-02, Prague]

LEWG looked at this and suggested to remove the existing trait has_strong_structural_equality for now until someone demonstrates which usecases exist that would justify its existence.

[2020-02-13, Prague]

Set to Immediate.

Proposed resolution:

This wording is relative to N4849.

  1. Modify 20.15.2 [meta.type.synop], header <type_traits> synopsis, as indicated:

    […]
    template<class T> struct has_unique_object_representations;
    
    template<class T> struct has_strong_structural_equality;
    
    // 20.15.5 [meta.unary.prop.query], type property queries
    […]
    template<class T>
      inline constexpr bool has_unique_object_representations_v
        = has_unique_object_representations<T>::value;
    
    template<class T>
      inline constexpr bool has_strong_structural_equality_v
        = has_strong_structural_equality<T>::value;
        
    // 20.15.5 [meta.unary.prop.query], type property queries
    […]
    
  2. Modify 20.15.2 [meta.type.synop], Table 47 ([tab:meta.unary.prop]) — "Type property predicates" — as indicated:

    Table 47: Type property predicates [tab:meta.unary.prop]
    Template Condition Preconditions
    template<class T>
    struct
    has_strong_structural_equality;
    The type T has strong
    structural
    equality (11.11.1 [class.compare.default]).
    T shall be a complete type,
    cv void, or an array of
    unknown bound.