[Python-Dev] Revised decimal type PEP

Gordon McMillan gmcm@hypernet.com
Wed, 1 Aug 2001 09:11:36 -0400


> ....  I was toying with a
> *different* idea, more appropriate perhaps for accountants, that
> guarantees exact results for decimal numbers, giving decimal
> results when possible, rational otherwise.  

My experience with accountants (~5 yrs in another life) is that 
they're perfectly happy with fixed point decimal. They may 
make you do things to the 1/100 of a penny & then round in 
funny ways that favor their bosses, but they want every 
calculation to come out the same as on their calculator.

- Gordon