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From: Peter Dimov (pdimov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-03-26 14:33:09

Jonathan Turkanis wrote:
> However, if you accept that comparisons criteria are alway contextual,
> I think you must conclude that the comparison operators <, <=, etc.
> are completely useless. On the contrary, I like the ability to have a
> default comparison criteria that works a good deal of the time;


> as long as it's provided, it should be customizable.

Disagree. Your own logic doesn't support this conclusion: a default
comparison works most of the time, therefore, it doesn't need to be
customizable, because you could only customize it to _not work_ most of the

And for the string case, the downside to encoding a comparison in the type
is that you'll now spend a lot of time converting strings (because most
libraries - correctly - accept an ordinary std::string, regardless of what
comparisons they might make underneath, or they'd expose implementation
details in the interface.)

Nobody uses anything but std::string and std::wstring. ;-)

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