IEEE 754 status and availability of approved draft

Mike Shaver mike.shaver at
Thu Jul 24 07:04:33 PDT 2008

2008/7/24 Mike Cowlishaw <MFC at>:
> It is expected that anyone who does receive a copy will handle it
> professionally, not distribute it further, etc.

What is the expectation with respect to downstream work based on the
spec?  If we start adding test cases or fixing bugs in our codebase in
response to the spec, we'd almost certainly be disclosing elements of
the specification (if not the actual text).  Is the "professional"
handling intended to be more like copyright (the actual textual
expression) or patent/trade secret (the concepts)?

Might be that Mozilla and others with public codebases need to just
wait until it's really public, which is fine; just don't want us to
end up on the wrong side of it inadvertently by misinterpreting your
"etc." :)


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