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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-05-24 20:21:52

Aside from boost/pfto.hpp, there are several other examples of
Boost.Serialization-specific functionality that was inappropriately
pushed up into the top-level namespace. These headers are all in that
category: boost/smart_cast.hpp, boost/state_saver.hpp,
boost/static_warning.hpp, boost/strong_typedef.hpp.

There is also at least one macro in that category: BOOST_EXPORT. That
in particular seems likely to cause problems, because after all
"export" is a keyword that's supported only on a few compilers and a
natural stand-in, for those who want to support export, would be
This is clearly a broad issue across the serialization library design,
and I request that Robert examine these and any other instances of the
problem and take whatever steps are practical to correct it. Because
some of these names are in the library's public interface, that may
require a plan that spans several Boost releases.

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting

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