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From: Martin Bonner (martin.bonner_at_[hidden])
Date: 2006-10-31 05:20:05

> On 10/30/06, Jason Hise <0xchaos_at_[hidden]> wrote:

>> Actually, I wonder if it is even valid to say
>> that this container supports random access... although it supports
>> the syntax for it, isn't random access defined as being constant
>> time?
From: Michael Fawcett
> I don't think so. I'm pretty sure RandomAccess only means that the
> iterator supports the required arithmetic syntax, i.e. ++iter, iter++,
> iter + n, iter += n. I am by no means an iterator guru.

Sorry. Jason is right. Section 24.1 paragraph 8 of the standard:
    All the categories of iterators require only those functions that
    are realizable for a given category in constant time (amortized).

(If there weren't a constant time requirement, there would be no point
in distinguishing bi-directional iterators from random access iterators.
bi-directional iterators can always implement += n by repeated

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