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*To*: Common-Lisp@SAIL.Stanford.EDU*Subject*: Format ~E nit -- language lawyer sought*From*: Robert A. Cassels <Cassels@STONY-BROOK.SCRC.Symbolics.COM>*Date*: Thu, 25 Jun 87 19:10 EDT

What should be the result of (format nil "~E" 1.0)? A. "1.0e+0" B. "1.0e0" C. All of the above D. None of the above The top of page 393 says, "Next, either a plus or a minus sign is printed, followed by e digits ... [decimal exponent]" Later on page 393 we see, "If all of w, d, and e are omitted, then the effect is ... [like prin1]. Page 366 [presumably where prin1 is defined] doesn't explicitly say that the plus sign is omitted from the exponent, but all the examples (and usual practice) indicate that. The first reference implies that A is correct, the third reference implies that B is correct. The second reference implies that A and B are the same.

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