Future division patch available (PEP 238)

John W. Baxter jwbaxter at spamcop.com
Mon Jul 23 16:51:25 CEST 2001


In article <ta4nltkr6m4friraviemkhelo6hp4ttnn1 at 4ax.com>, Stephen Horne
<steve at lurking.demon.co.uk> wrote:

> What the hell is a decimal float, and where did they come from! They
> only exist, to my knowledge, in the sense of standard form/scientific
> notation.

Microsoft BASIC (at least for Macintosh) did them in 1985 (or 1984). 
There were two interpreters...one with a $ worked into the icon, for
the decimal form; one with a pi in the $'s location for the faster
binary floats.  [I've never used MS Basic on the Intel side.]

   --John



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