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Re: i386 floating point expertise needed

> This should be partly governed by what the C standards say (about
> which I have no idea.)

Unfortunately (for you)....

       [#2] The values of floating operands and of the  results  of
       floating expressions may be represented in greater precision
       and range than that required by the type; the types are  not
       changed thereby.

[with a footnote]

       52)The  cast  and assignment operators are still required to
          perform  their  specified  conversions  as  described  in

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