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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-08-15 22:08:57

From: "Victor A. Wagner, Jr." <vawjr_at_[hidden]>

> At Thursday 2002/08/15 13:15, you wrote:
> >No, there won't be any behavior because compilation will fail.
> that is surprising, IMO.

OK, but it's not "behavior" in the sense we usually use it.

> I know the standard doesn't say anything, but I find it offensive that
> will be able to write:
> someT = a[n];
> but NOT
> a[n] = someT
> Well, with the language lawyers around I guess I should say:
> that you can write without compilation error:

That's not what I'm going to correct you about. The standard *does* say
It says that in a generic algorithm requiring nothing more of x than that
it is a random access iterator, you *can't* write:

    x[n] = someT.

Fortunately, operator[] is in some sense superfluous for a random-access
iterator, since you can always do:

    *(x + n) = someT

Anyway, be as offended as you like; I didn't make the rule.


           David Abrahams * Boost Consulting
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