Precision and CD's

J H Davenport J.H.Davenport at
Tue Jul 20 06:47:36 CEST 1999

I think you're being harsh on what David set out to achieve.
What he has demonstrated is that XSL {\em alone} can produce
relatively readable representations even in bases other than decimal.
Clearly an application that was deisgned to render floats reasonably would
have a small applet (or even a real program!) to do better. If it did not
have bignums, it might truncate via IEEE, so one might get
1.000000000000000000000000000000123x16^3 (c. 4096.0).

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