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[Bug 8046] Reflecting floats: The IDL attribute types include +/-Infinity, so it doesn't make sense to talk about floats being "out of range" because everything is within the infinite range

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Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2009 09:20:32 +0000
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http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=8046


Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
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             Status|REOPENED                    |RESOLVED
         Resolution|                            |WONTFIX




--- Comment #3 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>  2009-10-25 09:20:32 ---
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Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: None of the places that use this want infinite values — they all
want finite values. I've made the spec explicitly exclude infinities from the
"range" comment, but making numbers map to Infinity seems wrong, and would
screw up the places that are using this.

In fact, 1e+400 is not Infinity, it is infinitely far away from Infinity. 0
would be a better approximation, in terms of the absolute error (100% error if
it was rounded to zero, ∞‬% error if it was rounded to infinity...).


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