python 2.3.4 for windows: float("NaN") throws exception

beliavsky at beliavsky at
Thu Jan 13 12:35:33 EST 2005

Tim Peters wrote:
>Neither -- all Python behavior in the presence of float NaNs,
infinities, or signed zeroes is a platform-dependent accident.

C99 and Fortran 2003 have IEEE arithmetic. If CPython could be compiled
with a C99 compiler, would it also have IEEE arithmetic? Do Python
number-crunchers think this is important?

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