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Subject: Re: [boost] [endian] Project not maintained
From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2016-04-03 10:21:52

On Sun, Apr 3, 2016 at 4:02 AM, Tatsuyuki Ishi <ishitatsuyuki_at_[hidden]>

> The endian library was going to support float in 1.58, but even 1.61 is
> going to release soon, there is no news about the feature.

Good point. The floating point support turned to be difficult to specify
precisely, so there is a new plan. See below

> I'm not going to say, that this library should have been rejected, but
> since it's accepted, the maintainer should at least complete the work.
> And what's the situation now? The float point feature is overdue for 1
> year. The project is almost like abandoned. Last commit 4 months ago. Even
> the library isn't completed.

> I hope the creator, Beman, to take responsibility about this library.

The new plan is to go ahead with an Endian proposal to the C++ committee.
They have the expertise to know whether it is even possible to convert
between big and little endian floating point in any useful (and
non-dangerous) way.

The committee's March and June meetings are aimed at shipping a C++17
committee draft. The November meeting is Issaquah, WA, US, is likely the
first meeting at which an Endian proposal will get any airtime.

I'll update the Boost library docs accordingly.



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