Troubles with inequality

J. Landman Gay jacque at hyperactivesw.com
Wed Feb 4 18:20:31 EST 2015


It's obscure, yes, though the dictionary has this:

"Important! Changing the numberFormat does not automatically change the 
format of a number that's already in a container. It affects numbers 
only when they are calculated and then displayed or used as strings. 
Otherwise, the number retains its full numeric precision."

The "already in a container" should be more precise though and specify 
"in a variable". Fields are containers, but they only hold strings.


On 2/4/2015 5:02 PM, Graham Samuel wrote:
> Thanks Jacque, a gold mine of information as usual. But it’s pretty obscure, isn’t it? All this started for me because I wanted to test if two numbers were equal, knowing that they probably weren’t exactly equal to the last decimal place but nevertheless were ‘engineering equal’ as it were - say to six places of decimals. So I tried to truncate them to that length and then compare them. More fool me. But now I think I know what should be done, thanks to you - and to everyone else who replied.
>
> Graham
>
>
>> On 4 Feb 2015, at 23:44, J. Landman Gay <jacque at hyperactivesw.com> wrote:
>>
>> On 2/4/2015 3:01 PM, Graham Samuel wrote:
>>> So really, if I want an uncomplicated string of characters derived
>>> from a number via setting the numberFormat and then doing a
>>> calculation, how do I get it?
>>
>> You can turn it into a string by putting empty after it:
>>
>>   put 1.55555 into tVar -- number
>>   set the numberformat to "0.00"
>>   add 1 to tVar -- still a number
>>   put tVar into fld 1 -- numberformat applied now, field contains a string "2.55"
>>   add 1 to tVar -- still a number, contains 3.55555
>>   put empty after tVar -- numberformat applies, tVar is a string
>>
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