use decimal

Waldemar Horwat waldemar at
Mon Sep 22 17:19:36 PDT 2008

Mark S. Miller wrote:
> In any case, my question is, does there exist any similar operational 
> difference between decimal floating point values that are considered to 
> be in the same cohort? If not, then I back Sam's proposal without 
> compareTotal().

Depends on which proposal you're referring to.

In Sam's proposal toString is one such operation, but this is not inherent in IEEE754r.

IEEE754r does have a few other such operations besides compareTotal, but they're about as useful to us as implementing signaling NaNs would be:  quantize (5.3.2), sameQuantum (5.7.3), perhaps decimal<->decimal format conversions (there are several 128-bit decimal encoding formats in that standard).


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