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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-07-20 14:17:51

At 02:09 PM 7/20/2002, Gennaro Prota wrote:

>On Sat, 20 Jul 2002 10:03:23 -0400, "David Abrahams"
><david.abrahams_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>>What really determines whether a library header file is a "header" or a
>>"source file"?
>Well, since you are one of the standard experts there must be
>something wrong in what I know. So far I thought that in the standard
>terminology 'header' is what we colloquially call 'standard header'.
>In other words, there's no 'user header' like foo.hpp or
>my_library.hpp. They are simply source files.
>In fact, the wording of 16.2 confirms this belief (it speaks of
>'header' for the #include <...> form and of 'source file' for the
>#include "..." form). Moreover, a brute search of the expression
>"standard header" in the whole standard yielded no occurrence in
>normative text.

That's my understanding also. To the standard, a header is a standard
library header. There is no such thing as a user header, only a user
source file.


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