is real an 80-bit type or not?
Anders F Björklund
afb at algonet.se
Mon Dec 18 11:25:27 PST 2006
Jarrett Billingsley wrote:
> That's my point. A 128-bit float would only be 'real' as long as it's the
> largest floating point type available. So there'd need to be another name
> for them -- preferably 'quad'.
I think using "quad" for quadruple precision floating point makes sense.
> I think early in D's development 'real' was called 'extended'. There are
> still a few vestiges (commented out stuff) in the compiler source if I
> remember. That was before my time with D, though, so I couldn't tell you
> why it was changed. 'extended' does make more sense, and since 'real' is a
> qualitative type, it should be an alias (defined by the compiler, perhaps).
Walter didn't like the name "extended" very much:
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