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### 717. Incomplete `valarray::operator[]` specification in [valarray.access]

**Section:** 24.8.2.4 [valarray.access] **Status:** NAD Editorial
**Submitter:** Daniel Krügler **Opened:** 2007-08-27 **Last modified:** 2016-02-10

**Priority: **Not Prioritized

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**Discussion:**

Since the return type of `valarray`'s `operator[] const` overload has been
changed to `const T&` as described in 389 several paragraphs of
the section 24.8.2.4 [valarray.access] are now
incompletely
specified, because many requirements and guarantees should now also
apply to the const overload. Most notably, the address and reference
guarantees should be extended to the const overload case.

**Proposed resolution:**

Change 24.8.2.4 [valarray.access]:

-1- ~~When applied to a constant array, the subscript operator returns a
reference to the corresponding element of the array. When applied to a
non-constant array, t~~The subscript operator returns a
reference to the corresponding element of the array.

-3- The expression `&a[i+j] == &a[i] + j` evaluates as `true` for all `size_t i`
and `size_t j` such that `i+j` is less
than the length of the ~~non-constant~~ array `a`.

-4- Likewise, the expression `&a[i] != &b[j]` evaluates
as `true` for any two ~~non-constant~~ arrays `a` and
`b` and for any `size_t i` and `size_t j` such that
`i` is less than the length of `a` and `j` is less
than the length of `b`. This property indicates an absence of
aliasing and may be used to advantage by optimizing
compilers.^{281)}

-5- The reference returned by the subscript operator for an ~~non-constant~~ array is guaranteed to be valid until
the member function `resize(size_t, T)` (26.5.2.7) is called for that array or until the lifetime
of that array ends, whichever happens first.