Jonathan S. Shapiro
shap at eros-os.org
Fri Jan 21 18:40:21 EST 2005
As far as I know, IEEE854 is *not* radix independent. Both the exponent
and the mantissa field in the IEEEFLOAT form are intended to be
expressed as a count of bits. There is no '-' sign.
Oh. Perhaps you mis-read this as a value constructor. It is not. It is a
*type* declaration. It is declaring how many bits of representation
exist for the exponent and the mantissa.
Similarly for fixint.
On Fri, 2005-01-21 at 18:35 -0500, Swaroop Sridhar wrote:
> The language specification has the form:
> (ieeefloat [-]exponent [-]mantissa) [sec 5.3]
> What is the radix? [IEEE854 is radix-independent]
> Is it understood to be 2?
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