On Jan 10, 2013, at 1:56 PM, Markos Zaharioudakis <markos...@yahoo.com> wrote:

> Here is the 1st problem: inside mem_sizeof(const XmlNode& t), sizeof(T) (or 
> sizeof(t)) should return 52 if t is actually an ElementNode. Of course, this 
> is not possible since sizeof(T) is computed statically (i.e., at compile 
> time).

Oh.  I get it now.  That's a serious problem.  One solution I can think of is 
to have size_traits<T> have another member function... something like 
static_sizeof(T const&).  Unfortunately the only way that can work is if every 
class in a class hierarchy implements a virtual member function static_size() 
whose implementation is ALWAYS:

        size_t static_size() const {
          return sizeof( *this );

As for why the template trick doesn't work, I don't know yet.  Perhaps it's 
because XmlNode doesn't implement its own alloc_size() but instead inherits it 
from Item (though I could have sworn I tested this and it worked).

- Paul

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