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Subject: Re: [boost] A possible date for dropping c++03 support
From: Glen Fernandes (glen.fernandes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2018-08-29 13:47:24

Edward Diener wrote:
> Other than not removing useful Boost libraries which support c++03 as
> well as all subsequent C++ standard levels, and not telling people that
> they can not use such libraries in c++03 mode if they actually want to
> do so, I am perfectly willing to let others, including yourself, decide
> the best way in which support for c++03 in Boost is reduced. My argument
> has always been that putting a generalized statement on the website,
> without explaining what it actually entails as far as using Boost
l> ibraries is concerned, is going to lead to confusion and puzzlement
> from end-users and endless questions. What can it possibly cost to
> actually explain of what "Boost dropping support for c++03" actually
> consists, when it is finally decided what Boost is going to do in this
> area ? If it is a matter of correct grammar or exposition in the
> explanation, I will gladly volunteer to write it if no one else wants to
> do so.


It sounds like what we're going to communicate to users is that Boost
library authors or maintainers are no longer required to make their
libraries support C++03. Which sounds fine to me. I don't think
library maintainers should be confined by users (even if the users are
other Boost libraries) if they don't want to be.

Any Boost library maintainers that wish to continue supporting their
C++03 users will do so. Any other Boost library maintainers that
depend on such libraries can drop the dependency on those libraries.


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