[whatwg] Re: comments on Web Forms 2.0, 27 June 2004

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Wed Aug 25 15:26:33 PDT 2004

On Fri, 6 Aug 2004, Michael Enright wrote:
> > 
> > * 2.1.2 Precision -- "fractional number" --> "decimal number"?
> To me the phrase "decimal number" means a base-ten number, and on first, 
> second or third glance does not imply what "fractional number" implies 
> however awkwardly. I can't find dictionary entries for "decimal number" 
> but I can for "decimal fraction" (a proper fraction written in decimal 
> format) or "mixed fraction" (which can be written in decimal format). 

I agree.

> The language in the spec which follows the phrase "fractional number" 
> mentions allowing a specific format except that the number must always 
> be greater than zero (why not zero?).

The number that must not be zero is the overall number, not the fractional 
part of it. And it must not be zero because it is the step, and a zero 
step would mean... well, I don't know what it would mean. That's why it's 
not allowed! :-)

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