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Re: [open-cobol-list] Support for Big Numbers

From: John R. Culleton
Subject: Re: [open-cobol-list] Support for Big Numbers
Date: Thu Dec 1 15:58:04 2005
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On Thursday 01 December 2005 03:50 pm, Doug Vogel wrote:
> The Enterprise COBOL compiler for IBM and the ISeries (AS/400) ILE COBOL
> compiler support a field of PIC 9(31) PACKED-DECIMAL. Are there plans to
> implement this support in Open COBOL? A field with a description > 9(18)

Packed decimal is usually used for dollars and cents type
applications. That said, I doubt if the gross national product of
all the nations on earth taken together would use more than
about 15 digits. 

I would love to know what kind of application requires that many
places and that degree of precision.  

John Culleton

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