[squeak-dev] The Inbox: Kernel-nice.652.mcz

Levente Uzonyi leves at elte.hu
Mon Nov 7 13:13:22 UTC 2011

On Mon, 7 Nov 2011, Rodney Polkinghorne wrote:

> I much prefer 1.0 to 0.999...9.  Thanks Nicolas.
>> Here is a better argumentation from David M. Gay in "Correctly Rounded
>> Binary-Decimal and Decimal-Binary Conversions".
> Why would anyone care how long a computer takes to print floats?  If
> it's talking to other machines, they can speak in binary: the format
> is more standard than the printed ones.  If humans are listening in,
> any machine is fast enough.

You can't always decide how your program will communicate with other 
programs. Creating high amount of human readable documents (e.g. XML) or 
just a few, but with lots of floats in them is also pretty common.


> Rodney

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