[Python-checkins] r79757 - in python/branches/py3k: Doc/library/decimal.rst

mark.dickinson python-checkins at python.org
Mon Apr 5 00:13:14 CEST 2010

Author: mark.dickinson
Date: Mon Apr  5 00:13:14 2010
New Revision: 79757

Merged revisions 79756 via svnmerge from 

  r79756 | mark.dickinson | 2010-04-04 23:09:21 +0100 (Sun, 04 Apr 2010) | 6 lines
  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

   python/branches/py3k/   (props changed)

Modified: python/branches/py3k/Doc/library/decimal.rst
--- python/branches/py3k/Doc/library/decimal.rst	(original)
+++ python/branches/py3k/Doc/library/decimal.rst	Mon Apr  5 00:13:14 2010
@@ -127,10 +127,9 @@
    >>> 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`.
@@ -139,6 +138,8 @@
    >>> Decimal('3.14')
+   >>> Decimal(3.14)
+   Decimal('3.140000000000000124344978758017532527446746826171875')
    >>> Decimal((0, (3, 1, 4), -2))
    >>> Decimal(str(2.0 ** 0.5))
@@ -336,8 +337,9 @@
    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,
@@ -351,6 +353,9 @@
    Once constructed, :class:`Decimal` objects are immutable.
+   .. versionchanged:: 3.2
+      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
@@ -490,6 +495,9 @@
       `0x1.999999999999ap-4`.  That equivalent value in decimal is
+      .. note:: From Python 3.2 onwards, a :class:`Decimal` instance
+         can also be constructed directly from a :class:`float`.
       .. doctest::
           >>> Decimal.from_float(0.1)
@@ -1846,7 +1854,7 @@
 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

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