strings (dollar.cents) into floats

David H Wild dhwild at
Fri Aug 31 18:39:02 CEST 2007

In article <mailman.218.1188577696.28954.python-list at>,
   Chris Mellon <arkanes at> 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.

David Wild using RISC OS on broadband

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