Decimal Arithmetic FAQ
(Frequently Asked Questions)
Most computers today support binary floating-point in hardware. While suitable for some purposes, such as mathematical analysis, this form of arithmetic is unsuitable for financial, commercial, and human-centric (such as Web) applications. These pages explain why this is so, and also attempt to answer some common questions about decimal floating-point arithmetic.
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For information on decimal implementations, standards, and other links, please see the General Decimal Arithmetic page.
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