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Re: Static data members in template declarations

>>>>> Mark Mitchell <> writes:

 > (By the way, since the example below is mine, I would have appreciated
 > being in the loop on whatever discussion was taking place about it.)

I was discussing it on the C++ committee reflector.

 > In any case, we need to understand under exactly which circumstances
 > these things match.  John, do you have a proposal handy?  For example,
 > what about:

 >   template <class T>
 >   struct B {
 >     enum E { a = 1 
 >              /* So that John will be happy with the array. :-) */ 
 > 	   }; 
 >   };

 >   template <class T>
 >   struct D : public B<T> {
 >     static T t[B<T>::a];
 >   };

 >   template <class T>
 >   T S<T>::t[S<T>::a];

 > In the same way as for my original example, you can reason that
 > `S<T>::a' must refer to the same thing as `B<T>::a', even though
 > `B<T>::a' is dependent, and not resolved in the first phase of lookup.

I assume you mean the defn to use D<T>, not S<T>.  In any case, it's not
the same, because B<int>::a can be something else due to a specialization
of B<int>, but if S<int> is specialized, we don't use the template for
S<T>::t anyway, so it's moot.

 > There is no `a' in `S<T>' proper, so if `S<T>::a' is going to make
 > sense at all, it must be because it is in fact `B<T>::a'.  Is the
 > compiler supposed to figure this out though?  What if the last line
 > says just plain `a', not `S<T>::a'?

Ill-formed, since 'a' is not used in a dependent context.