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From: John Maddock (john_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-06-25 07:05:19

>> Still trying to understand what this ones for... John.
> Well, if it's not performance then it's a size of application ;)
> If some function template treats enumerations as numeric then converting
> all
> enums to promoted types reduces number of instantiated functions. Typical
> example is integer to string conversion.

OK, that's reasonable.

> BTW, why promotions exist in C/C++?

If you search the std for (4.5) you'll find:

Prior to applying a binary operator to two integer types.
When accessing the value of an enum.
When evaluating an integral non-type template argument.
When passing an integral type through ellipsis in a function call.


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