A number consists of a sequence of digits optionally followed by a decimal point and another sequence of digits. All number constants in a report program are assumed to be of type REAL. Internally, they are kept as double floating point numbers. Numbers can be used to represent any numeric data type. The following are examples of valid numbers:
Numeric constants in the Report Writer are not affected by the default formatting set (see Chapter 13, Formatting Data Values for more information on default formatting). The rules given above must be followed strictly for all numeric constants regardless of the default formatting set used.