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Re: Exactness

Thomas Bushnell BSG writes:
>> You must stop thinking of "inexact" as a synonym for "floating
>> point".  Please.

Marcin 'Qrczak' Kowalczyk wrote:
> Why? Isn't it true in practice? Which implementations make some other
> format the default for inexact numbers?
> Other languages see no problem with that. Common Lisp, Haskell, the C
> family, Python, and probably many others not only do this in practice
> but have this specified in the language definition.

This claim is disingenuous. Those languages use floating-point numbers
as a convenient way of implementing real numbers, not as a way to
implement imprecise numbers. You're putting the cart before the horse.
Bradd W. Szonye