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Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2005 19:02:44 -0500 From: Alan Watson <a.watson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Marcin 'Qrczak' Kowalczyk wrote: > There is no other model competing for being the default. This means > that it's requesting other models which should be explicit. I agree. Selecting different models becomes quite easy if you push inexacts off into the library and have a half-decent module system. Why is this not equally applicable to IEEE flonum arithmetic? If what you *want* is IEEE flonum arithmetic, then by all means say so in your program; but if you don't care, why should IEEE arithmetic be mandated as the default, precluding, for example, arbitrary-precision flonum arithmetic, with some user-frobbable parameter specifying the actual precision, as I mentioned CLISP & SISC support? or, say, in systems oriented toward business accounting applications, a ten-based flonum arithmetic system?