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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-11-03 14:38:02

The C++ committee met last week. Actions which may be of interest to

* The initial version of the Library Technical Report (TR) working paper
has been accepted; it will be refined over the next year to become the
final TR. The plan is to finish the technical work on the TR at the Redmond
meeting, one year from now.

* A number of mostly minor changes and fixes to the TR were voted in, based
on early implementation experience. Library vendors seem to be implementing
the TR with gusto, and one or two are already shipping some of the smaller

* The Iterator Facade and Adaptor, Iterator Concepts, and Fixed Size Array
Wrapper proposals were accepted for the Library TR. All are based on Boost

* The Library TR is now closed; no proposals for new components will be
accepted. The Library Working Group (LWG) will continue to accept defect
reports from committee members until the TR is finished. (The LWG didn't
discuss what would happen if a non-committee member submitted a defect
report on the TR working paper, but I can't imagine it would be ignored.)

* The LWG will now begin to accept proposals for changes to the current
standard library, for inclusion in C++xx. (So called "impure" changes. The
TR accepted only "pure"/"bolt-on" additions.) Details not yet worked out,
but as usual proposals will require a fully-worded proposal in the form of
an official committee document.

* The C (yes, C, not C++) committee decided the previous week to include
the Special Functions from the C++ Library TR as a C library. The intent is
to maintain as close to 100% compatibility between the two Special Function
libraries as is possible. Certain minor changes were made to the TR library
to facilitate compatibility.

* Both the C and C++ committees are beginning tightly coordinated work on
new TR's dealing with "the integration of IEEE-754R decimal floating-point
arithmetic" into the two languages. Note that IEEE-754R includes
fixed-point and integer decimal point arithmetic as a subset of

* The ECMA TG5 committee work on C++/CLI language bindings is moving
forward on a fast track. The leadership and membership of the ECMA
committee is dominated by long-term C++ committee members, so hopefully the
two committee's work will be well coordinated.

* The C++ committee's Evolution Working Group continues to work on language
changes for C++xx. That's a large effort that will take some years to
mature, but it does seem clear that many concerns of library developers
will be addressed.

* The committee's schedule for future meetings looks like this:

2004-03-21/26 Sydney, Australia
2004-10-17/22 Redmond, WA, USA
2005-04 Oslo, Norway
2005-09 Sydney, NS, Canada

As usual, Boost developers may attend as outside "technical experts". See Contact me directly
if you need more information.


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