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Datatypes R2 Issue 41

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Data Types Issue 41: decimal significance

Introduction

Regarding the text "must conform to either of the XML Schema data types decimal or double". I have always assumed that REAL values could have an arbitrary number of decimal digits (just link INT) but it doesn't say that anywhere. While xs:decimal does allow an arbitrary number of digits, implementations are allowed to say "I can't handle anything more than 18 digits". Is this a problem?

[src: Paul Biron]

Discussion

Thurs Q1 May 2006: Motion in committee that we do not care to comment about this issue in the standard. passed, so this is closed

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