# Issue

What are the minimum and maximum acceptable values of the decimal type in XML Schema? (`type="xs:decimal"`

)?

# Solution

**XML Schema itself does not impose minimum and maximum values on xsd:decimal:**

[Definition:] decimal represents arbitrary precision decimal numbers. The ·value space· of decimal is the set of the values i × 10^-n, where i and n are integers such that n >= 0.

[Contrast this with ** xsd:float**, which corresponds to IEEE single-precision 32-bit floats.]

**Implementations, on the other hand, may support limits to the range of xsd:decimal:**

NOTE: All ·minimally conforming· processors ·must· support decimal numbers with a minimum of 18 decimal digits (i.e., with a ·totalDigits· of 18). However, ·minimally conforming· processors ·may· set an application-defined limit on the maximum number of decimal digits they are prepared to support, in which case that application-defined maximum number ·must· be clearly documented.

[For example, Xerces2-J uses `java.math.BigDecimal`

; see How to get biggest BigDecimal value for answers on how big BigDecimal can be.]

Answered By - kjhughes Answer Checked By - David Marino (PHPFixing Volunteer)

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