Read and write hexadecimal floating point numbers

Version on this page:0.4
LTS Haskell 22.30:0.5
Stackage Nightly 2024-07-23:0.5
Latest on Hackage:0.5

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Maintained by [email protected]
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FloatingHex: Read/Write Hexadecimal floats

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Hexadecimal Floats

For syntax reference, see: http://www.open-std.org/jtc1/sc22/wg14/www/docs/n1256.pdf, pages 57-58. We slightly diverge from the standard and do not allow for the “floating-suffix,” as the type inference of Haskell makes this unnecessary. Some examples are:


This format allows for concise and precise string representation for floating point numbers. Note that you need the QuasiQuotes extension of GHC to be able to write these literals.


{-# LANGUAGE QuasiQuotes #-}
import Data.Numbers.FloatingHex

-- expressions
f :: Double
f = [hf|0x1.f44abd5aa7ca4p+25|]

-- patterns
g :: Float -> String
g [hf|0x1p1|]  = "two!"
g [hf|0x1p-1|] = "half!"
g d            = "something else: " ++ show d

-- showing hexadecimal floats
test = showHFloat [hf|0x1.f44abd5aa7ca4p+25|] ""

(Note that while the quasiquoter allows for floating-point patterns, it is usually not a good idea to use floating-point literals in pattern matching.)


The following people reported bugs, provided comments/feedback, or contributed to the development of FloatingHex in various ways: Herbert Valerio Riedel.


Version 0.4, 2017-01-15

  • Export the new FloatingHexReader class. Useful when used as an API.

Version 0.3, 2017-01-15

  • Bump up template-haskell dependency to >= 2.10. As noted by Herbert Valerio Riedel, FloatingHex fails to compile with older versions.

  • Make the double->float conversions more robust, by avoiding the rational route. (Avoids issues in https://ghc.haskell.org/trac/ghc/ticket/3676)

Version 0.2, 2017-01-14

  • Support for parsing nan/infinity values
  • Make the printer compliant with printf %a modifier in C

Version 0.1, 2017-01-14

  • First implementation. The quasiquoter and the pretty-printer are implemented.