On Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 9:48 PM, Lie Ryan firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Why don't we create a DecimalFloat datatype which is a variable-width floating point number. Decimal is variable precision fixed-point number, while the plain ol' float would be system dependent floating point.
Decimal is *already* floating-point. Its handling of exponents and significant zeros mean that it can do a pretty good job of imitating fixed-point as well, but it's still at root a floating-point type.