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- Subject: Re: How to extract a floating point number locale-independantly
- From: Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo <lhf@...>
- Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:20:06 -0300
> $ lua -e 'os.setlocale("nb_NO.utf-8") print(tonumber("1.0"))'
> $ lua -e 'os.setlocale("nb_NO.utf-8") print(tonumber("1,0"))'
This is as expected, right? (BTW, I had to use no_NO.UTF-8 in Mac OS X.)
> However it *doesn't* affect lua parsing; which seems to be against the manual.
> >From http://www.lua.org/manual/5.3/manual.html#pdf-tonumber
> > The conversion of strings can result in integers or floats, according to the lexical conventions
> > of Lua (see §3.1).
The text in §3.1 (for both Lua 5.2 and 5.3) is
A numeric constant (or numeral) can be written with an optional
fractional part and an optional decimal exponent ...
What may be missing is that there is a *decimal point* before
the fractional part, and this does not depend in the locale.
> $ lua -e 'os.setlocale("nb_NO.utf-8") print(load([[return 1,0]])())'
This can never work because ',' is never part of a float in the lexer.
Bottom line: in the lexer, float constants can only use decimal points,
as in the C locale. Perhaps the manual entry for tonumber should mention
that tonumber respects the separator of the locale, as you suggest.