Author mark.dickinson
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Date 2013-12-04.20:12:02
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> Oddly, with all of the strictness in JSON, the exponent-marker "e"
> can be upper- or lower-case

I'd guess that the aim is that common floating-point output formats from a variety of languages are valid JSON.  That would also explain why both '+' and '-' are allowed on the exponent, but only '-' on the significand, and why leading zeros are permitted on the exponent but not the significand.
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