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PHP RFC: Prevent number_format() from returning negative zero
- Version: 0.1
- Date: 2017-04-01
- Author: Craig Duncan firstname.lastname@example.org
- Proposed version: PHP 7.2
- Status: Draft
string(1) “0”, however calling
number_format() is commonly used for formatting numbers for human-readable display, this behaviour is unexpected.
This RFC proposes keeping
number_format() consistent and not displaying the sign when a number is rounded to zero.
There was an argument that all floating point logic in PHP follows IEEE 754, where negative zero is valid.
number_format() already prevents negative zero, so this isn't the case.
Backward Incompatible Changes
This change has BC concerns for anybody relying on the current behaviour, but this is thought to be incredibly minor and not unrealistic for a point release.
Proposed PHP Version(s)
Proposed Voting Choices
Simple Yes/No vote that doesn't change the language itself so requires 50% + 1 votes to get 'accepted'.
Initial discussion that led to this RFC's creation: https://externals.io/thread/522