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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)