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Delphi

type Extended = { built-in type };

C++

typedef long double          Extended;         // 10 byte real

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Description

Represents a high-precision floating-point value.

System.Extended offers greater precision than other real types, but is less portable. Be careful using System.Extended if you are creating data files to share across platforms. Be aware that:

  • On Win32 systems, the size of System.Extended is 10 bytes.
  • On Win64 systems, however, the System.Extended type is an alias for System.Double, which is only 8 bytes. This difference can adversely affect numeric precision in floating-point operations. For more information, see Delphi Considerations for Multi-Device Applications.
  • On MAC OS X systems, the size of System.Extended is 16 bytes in order to be compatible with BCCOSX.

The following code displays 10 on Win32, 8 on Win64 and 16 on MAC OS X.

Writeln(IntToStr(SizeOf(Extended)));

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