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BCC32 introduces forward declaration of enums. You can declare an enumeration without providing a list of enumerators. Such declarations would not be definitions and can be provided only for enumerations with fixed underlying types. An enumeration can then be re-declared, possibly providing the missing list of enumerators, but the re-declaration must match the previous declaration. This feature is one of the C++11 features added to BCC32.


enum E : short;           // OK: unscoped, underlying type is short
enum F:                   // illegal: enum-base is required
enum class G : short      // OK: scoped, underlying type is short
enum class H;             // OK: scoped, underlying type is int
enum E : short;           // OK: redeclaration of E
enum class G : short;     // OK: redeclaration of G
enum class H;             // OK: redeclaration of H
enum class H : int;       // OK: redeclaration of H
enum class E : short;     // illegal: previously declared as unscoped
enum G : short;           // illegal: previously declared as scoped
enum E;                   // illegal: enum-base is required
enum E : int              // illegal: different underlying type
enum class G;             // illegal: different underlying type
enum class H : short;     // illegal: different underlying type
enum class H {/* */}]     // OK:  this redeclaration is a definition

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