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22.1.3.1.3 Printing Floats

If the magnitude of the *float* is either zero or between 10^-3 (inclusive) and 10^7 (exclusive), it is printed as the integer part of the number, then a decimal point, followed by the fractional part of the number; there is always at least one digit on each side of the decimal point. If the sign of the number (as determined by **float-sign**) is negative, then a minus sign is printed before the number. If the format of the number does not match that specified by ***read-default-float-format***, then the *exponent marker* for that format and the digit `0` are also printed. For example, the base of the natural logarithms as a *short float* might be printed as `2.71828S0`.

For non-zero magnitudes outside of the range 10^-3 to 10^7, a *float* is printed in computerized scientific notation. The representation of the number is scaled to be between 1 (inclusive) and 10 (exclusive) and then printed, with one digit before the decimal point and at least one digit after the decimal point. Next the *exponent marker* for the format is printed, except that if the format of the number matches that specified by ***read-default-float-format***, then the *exponent marker* `E` is used. Finally, the power of ten by which the fraction must be multiplied to equal the original number is printed as a decimal integer. For example, Avogadro's number as a *short float* is printed as `6.02S23`.

For related information about the syntax of a *float*, see Section 2.3.2.2 (Syntax of a Float).

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