strings (dollar.cents) into floats

John Machin sjmachin at lexicon.net
Fri Aug 31 23:54:26 CEST 2007


On Sep 1, 4:58 am, MRAB <goo... at mrabarnett.plus.com> wrote:
> On Aug 31, 5:39 pm, David H Wild <dhw... at talktalk.net> wrote:> In article <mailman.218.1188577696.28954.python-l... at python.org>,
> >    Chris Mellon <arka... at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > > I believe that to the degree that "real" accounting was done in those
> > > currencies it did in fact use non-decimal bases. Just as people don't
> > > use decimal time values (except us crazy computer folk), you're write
> > > 1 pound 4 shillings, not 1.333... pounds.
>
> > When I worked on the British Railways National Payroll system, about 35
> > years ago, we, in common with many large users, wrote our system to deal
> > with integer amounts of pennies, and converted to pounds, shillings and
> > pence in the output part of the system.
>
> So you never handled halfpennies?

Or farthings?




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