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Re: C binding for IEEE 754-2008

Dan Zuras wrote:
I see almost no mention of either the newly defined
tower of precisions or the elements of Clause 9 other
than their mention WRT rounding modes.  Although it
mentions that these will appear in parts 3 through 5.

Well, at least they *are* mentioned.

It would indeed be nice if a language like C could provide
for a class of precisions not just for FP, but also for
integer variables, to allow a compiler to synthesize the
appropriate platform-specific arbitrary-precision idioms
instead of each programmer having to invent their own,
less portable, implementations.

I like the way sensible support for NaNs is finally being
introduced -- in particular the payload functions, which
may finally allow reasonably-portable code to be written,
and enable some of the decoration encodings we have been
discussing in stds-1788 for compressed intervals.

One thing I missed was recommendations (if not mandates)
for payload preservation across casts.  Perhaps that would
be addressed in Part 3, which may address cross-radix casts.

I also like the way conversions to and from strings have
been described -- and am glad that the rules were interpreted
the same way I did when I brought the AIX conversion routines
into 754-2008 conformance.

---Sent: 2012-07-18 20:06:31 UTC

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