Subject: Re: very large reals?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2002 19:27:37 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* tfb@conquest.OCF.Berkeley.EDU (Thomas F. Burdick)
| If I were the benevolent dictator of CL, I'd make it so that 1.2 did
| not read, or if it did, would produce the rational 12/10.  To get a
| float, you'd have to do #f<single, 1.2>.  I think there might be a lot
| of people who are really thankful I'm not the dictator of CL :)

  It is a pity that *read-default-float-format* does not accept 'rational
  as a possible value.  Then you would have write 1.2f0 to get a float.

  rationalize is a very nice and useful function.

  In a fight against something, the fight has value, victory has none.
  In a fight for something, the fight is a loss, victory merely relief.