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At 1:14 PM -0400 4/12/04, Stephen D. Williams wrote:

>If an application needs to exchange many IEEE floats, then that is 
>an application-level agreement, not something that I am considering 
>in my main meant-for-standardization design.

IEEE floats are a classic case where many binary proposals take a 90 
degree turn  from real XML. Although you could encode IEEE floats in 
real XML, I've yet to see anybody do this in practice. What I do see 
are base-10 decimal numbers, and the round-off errors when converting 
these to base-2 IEEE floats are significant.


   Elliotte Rusty Harold
   Effective XML (Addison-Wesley, 2003)


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