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Re: [Scheme-reports] Three really picky points

Vincent Manis scripsit:

> I couldn't find anywhere in the Draft that described the
> relation between numeric conversion in string->number, read, and in
> source programs, and was hoping for some kind of clarification (or a
> pointer to where I missed the clarification).

I did file a ticket for the WG to clarify this.

> The syntactic issues relate to such things as whether S, F, D, and L
> are valid (`the implementation *may* accept...', p. 32). Pragmatic
> issues include whether integer or other literals might overflow
> (on a bignumless implementation), whether or not the implementation
> applies the same restrictions, described at the bottom of p. 37) to
> string->number, read, and literals in source programs; the default
> precision if the E exponent marker is used; and numerical roundoff
> on input conversion (whether, e.g., (= (string->number? 0.1) 0.1)
> is defined to be true).

Added to the ticket at http://trac.sacrideo.us/wg/ticket/327 .

> It's obvious that string->number and read should use the same
> conversion routine;

That's what I thought too.  But Chibi uses two different routines, because
`read` terminates on the first delimiter, whereas string->number returns
#f if not all of the string is a number.  Still, that doesn't mean they
should not be consistent.

> So I think I'd prefer a statement that says that the relationship
> between literals in source programs on the one hand and string->number
> and read on the other is unspecified, but that the latter two use the
> same conversion rules. 

Also added to the ticket.

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