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3465. compare_partial_order_fallback requires F < E

Section: 17.11.6 [cmp.alg] Status: WP Submitter: Stephan T. Lavavej Opened: 2020-07-18 Last modified: 2020-11-15

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compare_partial_order_fallback uses three expressions, but requires only two. The decayed types of E and F are required to be identical, but variations in constness might make a difference.

[2020-07-26; Reflector prioritization]

Set priority to 0 and status to Tentatively Ready after seven votes in favour during reflector discussions.

[2020-11-09 Approved In November virtual meeting. Status changed: Tentatively Ready → WP.]

Proposed resolution:

This wording is relative to N4861.

  1. Modify 17.11.6 [cmp.alg] as indicated:

    -6- The name compare_partial_order_fallback denotes a customization point object ( [customization.point.object]). Given subexpressions E and F, the expression compare_partial_order_fallback(E, F) is expression-equivalent (3.21 [defns.expression-equivalent]) to:

    1. (6.1) — If the decayed types of E and F differ, compare_partial_order_fallback(E, F) is ill-formed.

    2. (6.2) — Otherwise, partial_order(E, F) if it is a well-formed expression.

    3. (6.3) — Otherwise, if the expressions E == F, and E < F, and F < E are allboth well-formed and convertible to bool,

      E == F ? partial_ordering::equivalent :
      E < F  ? partial_ordering::less :
      F < E  ? partial_ordering::greater :

      except that E and F are evaluated only once.

    4. (6.4) — Otherwise, compare_partial_order_fallback(E, F) is ill-formed.