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From: David Abrahams (abrahams_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-03-05 22:45:43

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeremy Siek" <jsiek_at_[hidden]>

> A good goal... but I don't know how to achieve it.

The rough outline goes like this:

1. Instead of the current default values for e.g., Reference, use some tag
type, say boost::detail::default.
2. Write a template is_named_parameters<T> that can detect whether a type is
built using the named parameters technique. Shouldn't be too hard, I think.
3. Write a template select_named_parameters<T,U,V,W,X>::type that selects
the named parameter type among its arguments**. If there are no named
parameters in the args, returns a traits type where everything is
4. Synthesize the reference type something like this (pseudocode):
typedef typename select_named_parameters<Value, Reference, Category,
Distance, Pointer>::type named_params;
typedef (named_params::reference == default && Reference == default) ?
    : named_params::reference != default
        ? Reference != default ? ERROR : named_params::reference
        : Reference;

Make any sense?


**You could also write merge_named_parameters<T,U> and chain them for
completeness, but this is probably good enough, and simpler.

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