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Stewart C. Russell
scruss at sympatico.ca
Sat Jun 7 12:13:00 CEST 2003
Herbert Gintis wrote:
> ... the language he wrote it in is a complete mess. ... the
> absence of real floating point
you don't want floating point in typesetting software. The tiniest
precision difference can make a line break differently, which can make a
page throw differently, which can wreck the pagination of a whole book.
I worked with a couple of homebrew, in-house book pagination systems.
Both of them used floating point, and both had to be run on the one
processor from start to finish to ensure consistent proofing.
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