public review period for Language Independent Arithmetic, Part 1 (Paul Eggert)
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From: (Paul Eggert)
Organization: Twin Sun, Inc
Date: Tue, 1 Dec 1992 04:13:13 GMT
Keywords: arithmetic, standards, comment

Serious developers and implementers of compilers for numeric software
should take a look at the draft international Language Independent
Arithmetic standard, which is currently undergoing public review. You can
FTP a copy from in the file pub/misc/ The
following announcement from ANSI, scheduled for publication in the 12
November issue of ANSI Action, tells you how to make official comments
about the draft standard in the US.

ANSI public review period for
Language Independent Arithmetic, Part 1 (LIA-1)
November 13, 1992 - January 12, 1993
(comments by January 5, 1993 please)

Those who wish to comment on the draft standard and wish a response need
to send hardcopy to:

X3 Secretariat
Attn: Monica Vago
Suite 200 - 1250 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

with an additional copy to:

Attn: BSR
11 West 42nd Street, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10036

ANSI committee X3T2 has the responsibility of formulating the US position
on LIA-1 as an international standard. In order to be of use in
formulating that position, comments must be received before the next X3T2
meeting on January 5. Although electronic submissions have no official
standing with ANSI, it would greatly help the work of X3T2 to have
electronic copy as well. Send them to the X3T2 committee chairman, Mark
Hamilton (

X3T2 is a technical committee. Comments should be technical in nature and
recommend specific changes to the draft that would meet objections raised.
Personal attacks and insults, aside from being ill-mannered and
unprofessional, tend to debase any technical merit the comment might
otherwise have.
[If you have any interest in floating point at all, take a look at this
document. Many (including me) believe that it is a major attempt to solve
the wrong problem and in its current form is probably worse than no standard
at all. -John]

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