In the '80's, Microsoft had a proprietary binary structure to handle

floating point numbers, In a previous thread, Bengt Richter posted

some example code in how to convert these to python floats;

http://groups.google.com/group/comp....adc71be8aeddbe
I copied this code and modified it slightly, however, you will notice

that for one of the examples, the conversion isn't exact.

Can anyone advise me on how to modify this code to correct for this

situation ?

I think the problem may be related to the different lengths of the

mantissa. For double precision (8bytes) MBF format had 55 where as

Python floats (IEEE) has only 52 ??

Sample Code Below ----------------------

# Conversion of Microsoft Binary Format numbers to Python Floats

import binascii as bn

import struct as st

data = [(1234567890,'000000AF052C139F*'),

(4069954144,'00000060929672A0'*),

(999999.99, '703D0AD7FF237494'),

( 88888.88, '400ad7a3709c2d91'),

( 22222.22, '400ad7a3709c2d8f'),

( 33333.33, 'b047e17a54350290'),

( 1500.34, '7814ae47e18a3b8b'),

( 42345.00, '0000000000692590'),

]

def msd2float(bytes):

#take out values that don't make sense possibly the NaN and

Infinity ??

if sum(bytes) in [0,72,127]:

return 0.0

b = bytes[:]

sign = bytes[-2]&0x80

b[-2] |= 0x80 #hidden most sig bit in place of sign

exp = bytes[-1] - 0x80 - 56 #exponent offset

acc = 0L

for i,byte in enumerate(b[:-1]):

acc |=(long(byte)<<(i*8))

return (float(acc)*2.0**exp)*((1.,-1.*)[sign!=0])

for line in data:

inval = line[0]

binval = bn.unhexlify(line[1])

le_bytes = list(st.unpack('BBBBBBBB',binv*al))

outval = msd2float(le_bytes)

print " In:",inval, "\nOut:",outval,"\n"

Sample Output ------------------------

C:/Python24/pythonw.exe -u "C:/pytest/dms/Test MBF.pyw"

In: 1234567890

Out: 1234567895.5

In: 4069954144

Out: 4069954144.0

In: 999999.99

Out: 999999.99

In: 88888.88

Out: 88888.88

In: 22222.22

Out: 22222.22

In: 33333.33

Out: 33333.33

In: 1500.34

Out: 1500.34

In: 42345.0

Out: 42345.0

----End Sample Output ----