Hey

There is no technical challenge in decrementing a UTF-8 iterator that is well-formed.

As eluded to in https://www.open-std.org/jtc1/sc22/wg21/docs/papers/2023/p2728r0.html,
When the UTF-8 sequence is ill-formed, we need to keep track of the beginning of the range to not go before the start (note that views hide that complexity from users).

But the other thing that we have not talked about in the case of ill-formed UTF-8, is that, if the error policy is to substitute the replacement character,
then we (probably?) can't guarantee that  equals(invalid_utf_view, reverse(reverse(invalid_utf_view))), as different subsequences may be substituted.
This leaves us with the options of either documenting it, and hoping nothing breaks, or adding a constraint on operator-- that the error policy is not the default substitution policy.

(I don't think we should consider making decoding not bidirectional, it's just too useful, ie to search a grapheme from the end, for example)

Anyway, that thought is now in the record :)

(This was brought to my attention by Eugene Gershnik, the author of this decoding algorithm, which i use in my implementation https://gershnik.github.io/2021/03/24/reverse-utf8-decoding.html )