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From: Paul A. Bristow (boost_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-09-03 12:21:16

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kevlin Henney [mailto:kevlin_at_[hidden]]
> Sent: Friday, August 31, 2001 10:20 AM
> To: boost_at_[hidden]
> Subject: [boost] Re: Re: Re: Re: quantity libraries

> Specifically what I was after was whether anyone was mixing radically
> different units that would suggest favouring two different underlying
> representations, eg megaparsecs and femtometres, and what issues they
> had encountered and resolved.

The main potential problem is the astronomers, but even a megaparasec is
about 3 million light years where a light year is about 10^15 meter, the
base unit.

So even with float with a max of 10^38 there is quiet a bit of headroom,
and with double 10^308 there is plenty.

So I can't see what the problem is with always storing everything in SI

(If templating can allow other base systems without cost, then OK,
but I think that there is massive merit in having everything in SI
and a package that does this is a must.


Dr Paul A Bristow, hetp Chromatography
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Kendal, Cumbria
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