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Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:06:56 +0200
From: Jens Gustedt <>
Subject: Re: Locale bikeshed time

Am Samstag, den 26.07.2014, 04:03 -0400 schrieb Rich Felker:
> The problem is that the vast majority of actual printing and parsing
> of floating point numbers is for interchange purposes, not mere visual
> pretty-printing,

do you have statistics that support that claim?

printing that is really concerned in interchange, should just use the
%a formats. All other formats are intended for human readability.

> This goes back to the question about modern versus old tradition.
> Alternate radix points are a cultural convention that's (seemingly,
> hopefully) on the way out due to computers and information
> interchange. Maybe in some sense this is cultural imperialism (or just
> globalization or whatnot)

+1 for imperialism


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