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The results of the Boost.Endian formal review included a list of issues to be resolved before a mini-review.

The issues are shown in bold below, with the resolution indicated.

1. Common use case scenarios should be developed.

Done. The documentation have been refactored. A page is now devoted to Choosing the Approach to endianness. See Use cases for use case scenarios.

2. Example programs should be developed for the common use case scenarios.

Done. See Choosing the Approach. Example code has been added throughout.

3. Documentation should illuminate the differences between endian integer/float type and endian conversion approaches to the common use case scenarios, and provide guidelines for choosing the most appropriate approach in user's applications.

Done. See Choosing the Approach.

4 .Conversion functions supplying results via return should be provided.

Done. See ConversionFunctions.

5. Platform specific performance enhancements such as use of compiler intrinsics or relaxed alignment requirements should be supported.

Done. Compiler (Clang, GCC, VisualC++, etc.) intrinsics and built-in functions are used in the implementation where appropriate, as requested. See Built-in support for Intrinsics. See Timings for Example 2 to gauge the impact of intrinsics.

6. Endian integer (and floating) types should be implemented via the conversion functions. If that can't be done efficiently, consideration should be given to expanding the conversion function signatures to resolve the inefficiencies.

Done. For the endian types, the implementation uses the endian conversion functions, and thus the intrinsics, as requested.

7. Benchmarks that measure performance should be provided. It should be possible to compare platform specific performance enhancements against portable base implementations, and to compare endian integer approaches against endian conversion approaches for the common use case scenarios.

Done. See Timings for Example 2. The endian/test directory also contains several additional benchmark and speed test programs.

8. Float (32-bits) and double (64-bits) should be supported. IEEE 754 is the primary use case.

Done. The endian buffer typesendian arithmetic types and endian conversion functions now support 32-bit (float) and 64-bit (double) floating point, as requested.

9. Support for user defined types (UDTs) is desirable, and should be provided where there would be no conflict with the other concerns.

Done. See Customization points for user-defined types (UDTs).

10. There is some concern that endian integer/float arithmetic operations might used inadvertently or inappropriately. The impact of adding an endian_buffer class without arithmetic operations should be investigated.

Done. The endian types have been decomposed into class template endian_buffer and class template endian_arithmetic. Class endian_buffer is a public base class for endian_arithmetic, and can also be used by users as a stand-alone class.

11. Stream insertion and extraction of the endian integer/float types should be documented and included in the test coverage.

Done. See Stream inserter and Stream extractor.

12. Binary I/O support that was investigated during development of the Endian library should be put up for mini-review for inclusion in the Boost I/O library.

Not done yet. Will be handled as a separate min-review soon after the Endian mini-review.

13. Other requested changes.

Last revised: 19 January, 2015

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