On Fri, 27 May 2022 at 07:59, Oleksandr Koval via Std-Proposals <std-proposals@lists.isocpp.org> wrote:
That is, in:

template<typename To, typename From>
constexpr To cast(From p){
    return (To)p;                       // #1
    // return reinterpret_cast<To>(p);  // #2
}

line #2 should work in constexpr context in all cases where #1 works, in other cases it should be not an error but just a non-constexpr function. Note that I don't propose to silently make the function non-constexpr when it contains reinterpret_cast, this should be allowed only in generic context, when types are not known.

reinterpret_cast is generally preferred over C-cast but in some generic code reinterpret_cast doesn’t work. If you wonder about use-case, I have an array-like wrapper around memory buffer. Type of element is not always the same as the type of a buffer's byte. I want to mark my functions `constexpr` and have them actually `constexpr` only when types match.  Right now I’m forced to use C-cast just because reinterpret_cast is unconditionally forbidden even when it does no harm:

template<typename Byte, typename T>
class ArrayPtr{
    Byte* ptr;

    constexpr T* data() const noexcept{
        return (T*)ptr;
        // return reinterpret_cast<T*>(ptr); // not allowed
    }
};
 
Why not use if constexpr?

    constexpr T* data() const noexcept{
        if constexpr (std::is_constructible_v<T*, Byte*>)
            return static_cast<T*>(ptr);
        else
            return reinterpret_cast<T*>(ptr);
    }

A constexpr function is allowed to contain reinterpret_cast off the constant-evaluated path.