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# 6.4.4 User-defined explicit conversions

**Visual Studio .NET 2003**

A user-defined explicit conversion from type `S`

to type `T`

is processed as follows:

- Find the set of types,
`D`

, from which user-defined conversion operators will be considered. This set consists of`S`

(if`S`

is a class or struct), the base classes of`S`

(if`S`

is a class),`T`

(if`T`

is a class or struct), and the base classes of`T`

(if`T`

is a class). - Find the set of applicable user-defined conversion operators,
`U`

. This set consists of the user-defined implicit or explicit conversion operators declared by the classes or structs in`D`

that convert from a type encompassing or encompassed by`S`

to a type encompassing or encompassed by`T`

. If`U`

is empty, the conversion is undefined and a compile-time error occurs. - Find the most specific source type,
`SX`

, of the operators in`U`

:- If any of the operators in
`U`

convert from`S`

, then`SX`

is`S`

. - Otherwise, if any of the operators in
`U`

convert from types that encompass`S`

, then`SX`

is the most encompassed type in the combined set of source types of those operators. If no most encompassed type can be found, then the conversion is ambiguous and a compile-time error occurs. - Otherwise,
`SX`

is the most encompassing type in the combined set of source types of the operators in`U`

. If no most encompassing type can be found, then the conversion is ambiguous and a compile-time error occurs.

- If any of the operators in
- Find the most specific target type,
`TX`

, of the operators in`U`

:- If any of the operators in
`U`

convert to`T`

, then`TX`

is`T`

. - Otherwise, if any of the operators in
`U`

convert to types that are encompassed by`T`

, then`TX`

is the most encompassing type in the combined set of source types of those operators. If no most encompassing type can be found, then the conversion is ambiguous and a compile-time error occurs. - Otherwise,
`TX`

is the most encompassed type in the combined set of target types of the operators in`U`

. If no most encompassed type can be found, then the conversion is ambiguous and a compile-time error occurs.

- If any of the operators in
- If
`U`

contains exactly one user-defined conversion operator that converts from`SX`

to`TX`

, then this is the most specific conversion operator. If no such operator exists, or if more than one such operator exists, then the conversion is ambiguous and a compile-time error occurs. Otherwise, the user-defined conversion is applied:- If
`S`

is not`SX`

, then a standard explicit conversion from`S`

to`SX`

is performed. - The most specific user-defined conversion operator is invoked to convert from
`SX`

to`TX`

. - If
`TX`

is not`T`

, then a standard explicit conversion from`TX`

to`T`

is performed.

- If

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