189. setprecision() not specified correctly

Section: [fmtflags.state] Status: TC1 Submitter: Andrew Koenig Opened: 1999-08-25 Last modified: 2016-01-28 10:19:27 UTC

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Discussion: paragraph 9 claims that setprecision() sets the precision, and includes a parenthetical note saying that it is the number of digits after the decimal point.

This claim is not strictly correct. For example, in the default floating-point output format, setprecision sets the number of significant digits printed, not the number of digits after the decimal point.

I would like the committee to look at the definition carefully and correct the statement in

Proposed resolution:

Remove from [fmtflags.state], paragraph 9, the text "(number of digits after the decimal point)".