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> This is one reason why (IIRC) the C working group recently rejected making
> IEEE floating point mandatory. And it's also why they're still reticient to
> more strictly define integer representations and arithmetic behavior--you
> never know what advancements might come around the corner.

The C99 standard does not leave much room for new integer
representations, as it explicitly lists the allowed representations:
sign and magnitude, two's complement, and one's complement
(ISO/IEC 9899:1999 (E), Integer types).

-- Roberto