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What happens if I define LONGDOUBLE_TYPE as double?
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All agreed. My point is that if there is not an IEEE requirement for an 80 bit / 10 byte type, one can't be held for not upholding a requirement that doesn't exist.

I mean, there are plenty of things to complain about when it comes to Microsoft, up to and including "I don't like they way they don't provide a separate long double type that has increased precision beyond double in their C family of compilers". My only point was the long double and their ancient historical use of "long double" for 80 bit extended precision values are not requirements, even if they would be advantageous.