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559. numeric_limits<const T>

Section: 21.3.4 [numeric.limits] Status: CD1 Submitter: Martin Sebor Opened: 2006-02-19 Last modified: 2017-06-15

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[limits], p2 requires implementations to provide specializations of the numeric_limits template for each scalar type. While this could be interepreted to include cv-qualified forms of such types such an interepretation is not reflected in the synopsis of the <limits> header.

The absence of specializations of the template on cv-qualified forms of fundamental types makes numeric_limits difficult to use in generic code where the constness (or volatility) of a type is not always immediately apparent. In such contexts, the primary template ends up being instantiated instead of the provided specialization, typically yielding unexpected behavior.

Require that specializations of numeric_limits on cv-qualified fundamental types have the same semantics as those on the unqualifed forms of the same types.

Proposed resolution:

Add to the synopsis of the <limits> header, immediately below the declaration of the primary template, the following:

template <class T> class numeric_limits<const T>;
template <class T> class numeric_limits<volatile T>;
template <class T> class numeric_limits<const volatile T>;

Add a new paragraph to the end of 21.3.4 [numeric.limits], with the following text:

-new-para- The value of each member of a numeric_limits specialization on a cv-qualified T is equal to the value of the same member of numeric_limits<T>.

[ Portland: Martin will clarify that user-defined types get cv-specializations automatically. ]