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RE: precision on op:numeric-divide

From: Kay, Michael <Michael.Kay@softwareag.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2003 20:44:54 +0100
Message-ID: <DFF2AC9E3583D511A21F0008C7E62106073DD330@daemsg02.software-ag.de>
To: Michael Rys <mrys@microsoft.com>, Damien@sodatech.com, Michael Brundage <xquery@comcast.net>
Cc: www-ql@w3.org

> Correct, but I don't think it is the XQuery's WG task to 
> solve the problem of the heterogeneity of arithmetic across 
> different implementation platforms, even though it is tempting...
> 

And speaking for myself, I think it's a shame we ducked out of this one. It
wasn't possible to standardize arithmetic with 1970s languages like C and
SQL because of the sheer variety (and slowness) of hardware, but for a 2000s
language, the sights have been set too low.

Most people will be implementing decimal in software anyway, so there are
very few good excuses for implementations to differ.

Michael Kay
Received on Wednesday, 10 December 2003 14:46:30 UTC

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