9 Declarations [dcl.dcl]

9.1 Preamble [dcl.pre]

Declarations generally specify how names are to be interpreted.
[Note 1: — end note]
Attributes are described in [dcl.attr].
decl-specifiers, the principal components of a decl-specifier-seq, are described in [dcl.spec].
declarators, the components of an init-declarator-list, are described in [dcl.decl].
The attribute-specifier-seq appertains to each of the entities declared by the declarators of the init-declarator-list.
[Note 2:
In the declaration for an entity, attributes appertaining to that entity can appear at the start of the declaration and after the declarator-id for that declaration.
— end note]
[Example 1: [[noreturn]] void f [[noreturn]] (); // OK — end example]
Except where otherwise specified, the meaning of an attribute-declaration is implementation-defined.
A declaration occurs in a scope; the scope rules are summarized in [basic.lookup].
A declaration that declares a function or defines a class, namespace, template, or function also has one or more scopes nested within it.
These nested scopes, in turn, can have declarations nested within them.
Unless otherwise stated, utterances in [dcl.dcl] about components in, of, or contained by a declaration or subcomponent thereof refer only to those components of the declaration that are not nested within scopes nested within the declaration.
In a simple-declaration, the optional init-declarator-list can be omitted only when declaring a class or enumeration, that is, when the decl-specifier-seq contains either a class-specifier, an elaborated-type-specifier with a class-key ([class.name]), or an enum-specifier.
In these cases and whenever a class-specifier or enum-specifier is present in the decl-specifier-seq, the identifiers in these specifiers are among the names being declared by the declaration (as class-names, enum-names, or enumerators, depending on the syntax).
In such cases, the decl-specifier-seq shall introduce one or more names into the program, or shall redeclare a name introduced by a previous declaration.
[Example 2: enum { }; // error typedef class { }; // error — end example]
If the value of the expression when so converted is true, the declaration has no effect.
Otherwise, the program is ill-formed, and the resulting diagnostic message ([intro.compliance]) shall include the text of the string-literal, if one is supplied, except that characters not in the basic source character set are not required to appear in the diagnostic message.
[Example 3: static_assert(sizeof(int) == sizeof(void*), "wrong pointer size"); — end example]
An empty-declaration has no effect.
If the decl-specifier-seq contains any decl-specifier other than static, thread_­local, auto ([dcl.spec.auto]), or cv-qualifiers, the program is ill-formed.
The initializer shall be of the form “= assignment-expression”, of the form “{ assignment-expression }”, or of the form “( assignment-expression )”, where the assignment-expression is of array or non-union class type.
Each init-declarator in the init-declarator-list contains exactly one declarator-id, which is the name declared by that init-declarator and hence one of the names declared by the declaration.
The defining-type-specifiers ([dcl.type]) in the decl-specifier-seq and the recursive declarator structure of the init-declarator describe a type ([dcl.meaning]), which is then associated with the name being declared by the init-declarator.
If the decl-specifier-seq contains the typedef specifier, the declaration is called a typedef declaration and the name of each init-declarator is declared to be a typedef-name, synonymous with its associated type ([dcl.typedef]).
If the decl-specifier-seq contains no typedef specifier, the declaration is called a function declaration if the type associated with the name is a function type ([dcl.fct]) and an object declaration otherwise.
Syntactic components beyond those found in the general form of declaration are added to a function declaration to make a function-definition.
An object declaration, however, is also a definition unless it contains the extern specifier and has no initializer ([basic.def]).
An object definition causes storage of appropriate size and alignment to be reserved and any appropriate initialization ([dcl.init]) to be done.
A nodeclspec-function-declaration shall declare a constructor, destructor, or conversion function.