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Subject: [boost] [endian] Request for comments
From: Peter Dimov (pdimov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2019-04-27 17:18:07

There are two things that I suspect need to be fixed in Boost.Endian, but
the changes are breaking.

1. endian_arithmetic<...> derives publicly from endian_buffer<...>.
Intuitively, this inheritance relationship doesn't seem right, and it
prevents endian_arithmetic from being a C++03 POD, due to having a base

2. the data() member function returns char const*. This type is strongly
associated with null-terminated strings, and as such, using it for the
underlying bytes of the endian object seems error-prone. I'd much prefer to
return `unsigned char const*` from data() (although in C++17 `std::byte
const*` might be even better.)

I can't however estimate with any certainty whether the (mostly aesthetic)
benefit of these changes would outweigh the users' annoyance from their code
being broken for no strong reason.


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