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Fixed #14403 -- Provided some extra resources on the difference betwe…

…en FloatField and DecimalField in the model field reference. Thanks to typeshige for the report and trebor74hr and dmedvinsky for the draft patch.

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@@ -455,6 +455,12 @@ decimal places::
The admin represents this as an ``<input type="text">`` (a single-line input).
+.. note::
+ For more information about the differences between the
+ :class:`FloatField` and :class:`DecimalField` classes, please
+ see :ref:`FloatField vs. DecimalField <floatfield_vs_decimalfield>`.
@@ -661,6 +667,20 @@ A floating-point number represented in Python by a ``float`` instance.
The admin represents this as an ``<input type="text">`` (a single-line input).
+.. _floatfield_vs_decimalfield:
+.. admonition:: ``FloatField`` vs. ``DecimalField``
+ The :class:`FloatField` class is sometimes mixed up with the
+ :class:`DecimalField` class. Although they both represent real numbers, they
+ represent those numbers differently. ``FloatField`` uses Python's ``float``
+ type internally, while ``DecimalField`` uses Python's ``Decimal`` type. For
+ information on the difference between the two, see Python's documentation on
+ `Decimal fixed point and floating point arithmetic`_.
+.. _Decimal fixed point and floating point arithmetic:

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