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RE: rounding problems

>  > What amazes me about TeX is that someone like Knuth could write something
>  > that's as bad at arithmetic as TeX is.
>Wow.  Have you tried to think back to all the forms of floating-point
>representation that were there in the late 70's.

I was thinking more of the user interface to the arithmetic functions that
TeX offers.  I've recently had to jump through hoops in order to calculate
what dimen1/dimen2 is, for example.  I trust the underlying mechanism for
actually performing the calculations: I wasn't trying to imply that I
thought there was anything wrong with that.

>You sometimes have to cascade calculations to avoid overflow, but at
>the speed of present-day processors, so what?

Not all of us have access to present-day processors, you know.

> I do calculations to three
>and four decimal places in TeX, and it sometimes means taking four steps
>for something that a floating point processor would do in one.  But I know
>that the four decimal places will be the same on every processor if I
>accept that slight extra effort.

If only the extra effort were always slight.