in reply to nans, infs, and vomit

I understand it has something to do with the underlying libc, but I'm also wondering what the underlying rationale is (if there *is* any). Is there, eg, some IEEE standard that encourages this nauseating behaviour ?

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Re^2: nans, infs, and vomit
by syphilis (Bishop) on Sep 01, 2008 at 13:49 UTC

    Already been there ... couldn't spot anything relevant to nanification/infinication of strings. Did I miss something ?