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Dan Sugalski
October 9, 2001 08:43
RE: NaN semantics
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At 08:37 AM 10/9/2001 -0700, Brent Dax wrote:
>Jonathan Scott Duff
># On Tue, Oct 09, 2001 at 10:17:26AM -0400, Dan Sugalski wrote:
># > Depending on what Larry's planning, we may weld in support
># for imaginary
># > numbers. While they're mind-warping, in some ways they're
># better than
># > having a line labeled "Beyond here be dragons" or something.
># Neat. It'd be nice to have the "i" syntax as well: 3+2i
># I can hear the crys now though "Oh no! First ``x'', then ``v'', now
># ``_'' and ``i''. Sheesh! When will it end?!?"  ;-)
>For consistency, I'd prefer to use is: 3+(2 is i).

Well, the convention is suffixing an imaginary number with an i. I don't 
think we'd be too well served to go a different route.

>   Well, either way,
>this is a good thing for properties to handle.  GO PROPERTIES!  ;^)

I'm not sure about that. I think the imaginary part of a number rates a 
little higher than the property section. It really is a core piece of the 
number, after all.


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