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# FAQ Topic - How do I convert a Number into a String with exactly 2 decimal places? (2008-10-29)

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FAQ Topic - How do I convert a Number into a String with
exactly 2 decimal places?
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When formatting money for example, to format 6.57634 to
6.58, 6.5 to 6.50, and 6 to 6.00?

Rounding of x.xx5 is uncertain, as such numbers are not
represented exactly. See the section on "simple decimal arithmetic"
for Rounding issues.

` N = Math.round(N*100)/100 ` only converts N to a Number of value
close to a multiple of 0.01; but ` document.write(N) ` does not give
trailing zeroes.

ECMAScript Ed. 3.0 (JScript 5.5 [but buggy] and JavaScript 1.5)
introduced ` Number.prototype.toFixed `, the main problem
with this is the bugs in JScript's implementation.

Most implementations fail with certain numbers, for example 0.07.
The following works successfully for ` M>0, N>0: `

function Stretch(Q, L, c) { var S = Q
if (c.length > 0) {
while (S.length < L) {
S = c+S;
}
}
return S;
}

function StrU(X, M, N) { // X>=0.0
var T, S = String(Math.round(X * Number("1e" + N)));
if (S.search && S.search(/\D/) != -1) {
return '' + X;
}
with (String(Stretch(S, M+N, '0')))
return substring(0, T = (length-N)) + '.' + substring(T);
}

function Sign(X) {
return X > 0 ? "+" : X < 0 ? "-" : " ";
}

function StrS(X, M, N) {
return Sign(X) + StrU(Math.abs(X), M, N);
}

Number.prototype.toFixed = function(n){
return StrS(this, 1, n);
};

http://www.merlyn.demon.co.uk/js-round.htm

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/sstyff0z.aspx

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Dr J R Stockton
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In comp.lang.javascript message <4907a788\$0\$90269\$(E-Mail Removed).
dk>, Wed, 29 Oct 2008 00:00:02, FAQ server <(E-Mail Removed)>
posted:

And did so in a very timely manner, the topic having been raised in the

>FAQ Topic - How do I convert a Number into a String with
>exactly 2 decimal places?

> ...

>http://www.merlyn.demon.co.uk/js-round.htm

To that line should be appended an indication that the logically-
following pages should also be read; my current StrU is in the next.
I'd just append either " ff." or " /ff./", expecting readers to
understand it. YMMV.

The functions are the FAQ are NOT what I presently use. My present
ones, StrU ff. at <URL:http://www.merlyn.demon.co.uk/js-rndg1.htm#GC>
give the called-for not-too-big numeric fixed-point decimal result when
possible, and otherwise indicate exactly what the input value was,
including both Infinities, NaN, null, undefined - and with the correct
number of spaces, if necessary (the string may be too long, but not too
short). I was about to assert that they thereby cover all
possibilities, when I realised that there was one omission - and that I
could easily fix it.

I'll let you all think about it for a bit ...

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Dr J R Stockton
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 11-01-2008
In comp.lang.javascript message <(E-Mail Removed)
rlyn.invalid>, Wed, 29 Oct 2008 20:13:12, Dr J R Stockton
<(E-Mail Removed)> posted:

>>FAQ Topic - How do I convert a Number into a String with
>>exactly 2 decimal places?

>The functions are the FAQ are NOT what I presently use. My present
>ones, StrU ff. at <URL:http://www.merlyn.demon.co.uk/js-rndg1.htm#GC>
> ...
> I was about to assert that they thereby cover all
>possibilities, when I realised that there was one omission - and that I
>could easily fix it.
>
>I'll let you all think about it for a bit ...

Over two days have elapsed. Neither the routines in the FAQ, nor any
others that I had seen (my own included) up to Wednesday evening, can
represent the difference between +0 and -0.

The present FAQ routines give a leading space for +0 and -0, and an
appropriate sign for all other numbers, including infinities and those
which round to zero.

To get a signed zero, replace function Sign with
function Sygn(X) { return X + 1/X > 0 ? "+" : "-" }

So, in the FAQ, keep Sign (being more commonly wanted?), but give Sygn
as well.

The FAQ routines survive missing arguments. They also survive the first
argument being a Function, Array, or Object. I have been wondering
whether what they then do can be improved without adding too much code.

The FAQ is now visible at the URL in FAQ 9.91 .

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