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2.3.2.1.2 Syntax of a Ratio

*Ratios* can be written as an optional *sign* followed by two non-empty sequences of *digits* separated by a *slash*; see Figure 2-9. The second sequence may not consist entirely of zeros. Examples of *ratios* are in the next figure.

2/3 ;This is in canonical form
4/6 ;A non-canonical form for 2/3
-17/23 ;A ratio preceded by a sign
-30517578125/32768 ;This is (-5/2)^15
10/5 ;The canonical form for this is 2
#o-101/75 ;Octal notation for -65/61
#3r120/21 ;Ternary notation for 15/7
#Xbc/ad ;Hexadecimal notation for 188/173
#xFADED/FACADE ;Hexadecimal notation for 1027565/16435934

**Figure 2-13. Examples of Ratios**

For information on how *ratios* are printed, see Section 22.1.3.1.2 (Printing Ratios).

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