I think you should articulate a clearer definition of "the default floating point type". Does it mean the fastest floating-point type supported by the architecture, regardless of precision? Or is the implementation allowed to make a trade-off at their discretion, i.e., double provides X% more precision than float, but is Y% faster, so comparing X and Y leads to the decision of which type is the default?

Of course, the standard doesn't have such clear guidance for how long `int` should be, but the length of `int` on each platform is a matter of historical practice. With your proposed floating point type, such historical practice doesn't exist yet so I think most users wouldn't want to use it, given that they don't know what they're going to get.

A more flexible solution would be the float equivalent of the int_fastX_t types, i.e., what is the fastest floating point type that provides at least X bits of precision. Here is a sketch proposal to be added to <numeric_limits>:

template <int precision, int exp_bits = 0>

using float_fast_t = *See below*;

float_fast_t<precision, exp_bits> is an alias for the fastest floating point type supported by the implementation such that:

- the smallest representable value after 1 is at most 1 + 2
^{-precision}, and - if exp_bits is greater than 0, then there exists a representable value that is at least 2
^{2exp_bits - 1}.^{}

If no such type exists, then any reference to the specialization float_fast_t<precision, exp_bits> is ill-formed.

On Thu, Jan 14, 2021 at 9:23 PM Vishal Oza via Std-Proposals <std-proposals@lists.isocpp.org> wrote:

I was thinking of adding a default floating point type like int to the integer type rather than assume that double is the default. This might be better on older hardware where using a double might have a performance penalty. The keyword would either be flt or floating_point. I prefer flt for less typing but I can understand that it could break existing code. Can anyone arue why this is a bad idea?--Vishal Oza

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