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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject RE: [DOCUMENTATION]Wrong use of scientific notation
Date Sat, 03 Nov 2012 17:29:36 GMT
It appears that all three forms are correct as notations for the same numerical value where
"." is recognized as a decimal point.

I agree that there should be consistency.  

I think context of the numeral is important.  In particular, which is most likely to be easily
recognized and understood by the intended reader of the particular information?  Is there
something about the form chosen that is relevant to the context in which it occurs.

Off hand, 1.79769313486232E+308 (my preference) is related to the expression of numerical
constant values in input-output of data and in programming languages.

The common formula presentation, using mathematical notation, is more like 1.79769313486232
x 10^308, namely


(The above example depends on having a good Unicode font.)
(I couldn't find a good superscript 3 so I changed the exponent in the Unicoded example).
It should not be difficult to use correct symbols and superscripts in the documentation.

 - Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: RGB ES [] 
Sent: Saturday, November 03, 2012 07:21
Subject: [DOCUMENTATION]Wrong use of scientific notation

On the help files, you find numbers written like

1.79769313486232 x 10E308

This is wrong: it should be either

1.79769313486232 x 10^308



what do you think?


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