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<h2 style="text-align: center">Release 1.40.0</h2>
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<h2 class="title">Welcome to the Boost C++ Libraries</h2>
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Boost libraries are intended to be widely useful, and usable across a broad
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<p>We aim to establish "existing practice" and provide reference
implementations so that Boost libraries are suitable for eventual
standardization. Ten Boost libraries are already included in the <a href=
"http://www.open-std.org/jtc1/sc22/wg21/">C++ Standards Committee's</a>
Library Technical Report (<a href=
"http://www.open-std.org/jtc1/sc22/wg21/docs/papers/2005/n1745.pdf">TR1</a>)
and will be included in the upcoming revision of the C++ Standard. More
Boost libraries are proposed for the upcoming <a href=
"http://www.open-std.org/jtc1/sc22/wg21/docs/papers/2005/n1810.html">TR2</a>.</p>
<h3>Changes in this release</h3>
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<h3>Contents</h3>
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