# [Python-checkins] r79756 - python/trunk/Doc/library/decimal.rst

mark.dickinson python-checkins at python.org
Mon Apr 5 00:09:22 CEST 2010

```Author: mark.dickinson
Date: Mon Apr  5 00:09:21 2010
New Revision: 79756

Log:
Add versionchanged entry for Decimal(float) construction.

Also add an example of constructing a Decimal directly from a float,
update the quickstart tutorial, and tweak another couple of
sentences.

Modified:
python/trunk/Doc/library/decimal.rst

Modified: python/trunk/Doc/library/decimal.rst
==============================================================================
--- python/trunk/Doc/library/decimal.rst	(original)
+++ python/trunk/Doc/library/decimal.rst	Mon Apr  5 00:09:21 2010
@@ -133,10 +133,9 @@

>>> getcontext().prec = 7       # Set a new precision

-Decimal instances can be constructed from integers, strings, or tuples.  To
-create a Decimal from a :class:`float`, first convert it to a string.  This
-serves as an explicit reminder of the details of the conversion (including
-representation error).  Decimal numbers include special values such as
+Decimal instances can be constructed from integers, strings, floats, or tuples.
+Construction from an integer or a float performs an exact conversion of the
+value of that integer or float.  Decimal numbers include special values such as
:const:`NaN` which stands for "Not a number", positive and negative
:const:`Infinity`, and :const:`-0`.

@@ -145,6 +144,8 @@
Decimal('10')
>>> Decimal('3.14')
Decimal('3.14')
+   >>> Decimal(3.14)
+   Decimal('3.140000000000000124344978758017532527446746826171875')
>>> Decimal((0, (3, 1, 4), -2))
Decimal('3.14')
>>> Decimal(str(2.0 ** 0.5))
@@ -343,8 +344,9 @@

If *value* is a :class:`float`, the binary floating point value is losslessly
converted to its exact decimal equivalent.  This conversion can often require
-   upto 53 digits of precision.  For example, ``Decimal(float('1.1'))`` converts
-   to ``Decimal('1.100000000000000088817841970012523233890533447265625')``.
+   53 or more digits of precision.  For example, ``Decimal(float('1.1'))``
+   converts to
+   ``Decimal('1.100000000000000088817841970012523233890533447265625')``.

The *context* precision does not affect how many digits are stored. That is
determined exclusively by the number of digits in *value*. For example,
@@ -362,6 +364,9 @@
leading and trailing whitespace characters are permitted when
creating a Decimal instance from a string.

+   .. versionchanged:: 2.7
+      The argument to the constructor is now permitted to be a :float:`instance`.
+
Decimal floating point objects share many properties with the other built-in
numeric types such as :class:`float` and :class:`int`.  All of the usual math
operations and special methods apply.  Likewise, decimal objects can be
@@ -523,6 +528,9 @@
`0x1.999999999999ap-4`.  That equivalent value in decimal is
`0.1000000000000000055511151231257827021181583404541015625`.

+      .. note:: From Python 2.7 onwards, a :class:`Decimal` instance
+         can also be constructed directly from a :class:`float`.
+
.. doctest::

>>> Decimal.from_float(0.1)
@@ -1955,7 +1963,7 @@

Q. Is there a way to convert a regular float to a :class:`Decimal`?

-A. Yes, all binary floating point numbers can be exactly expressed as a
+A. Yes, any binary floating point number can be exactly expressed as a
Decimal though an exact conversion may take more precision than intuition would
suggest:

```