Removal of pre-ISO C++ items from include/backwards

Gabriel Dos Reis gdr@cs.tamu.edu
Thu Oct 25 17:41:00 GMT 2007


On Fri, 26 Oct 2007, skaller wrote:

| 
| On Thu, 2007-10-25 at 07:59 -0500, Gabriel Dos Reis wrote:
| 
| > 'deprecated' in the standard does not carry much semantics weight,
| > unless the feature is also removed.  But, even then we would have to
| > worry about existing codes that were written using the feature.  That
| > is one of the reasons why I'm unsympathetic to proposals before the
| > committee to `deprecate' things.
| 
| I think this is the wrong idea. Deprecated does carry a lot
| of weight. It allows a new compiler without a legacy
| to elide the feature and specify it is ISO compliant
| 'minus' the deprecated features, which is quite different
| from 'non-compliant'.

Do you know of any of those compilers with user base we can talk to?

[...]

| Note I'm entirely agreeing with your the first line I quote
| from you above, but questioning lack of sympathy with proposals
| to deprecate features considered undesirable.

I'm just being realistic.  Code base don't just vanish overnight
because the ISO committee voted to deprecate things.  I realize the
situation might be different in a totally different, imaginary,
perfect world.

-- Gaby



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