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From: Jeff Garland (jeff_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-04-23 17:52:38

> Using an unlimited integer type would work, but unless you're going to
> include mathematical calculations for the "universal representation" it
> seems like a poor choice. It seems to me that it's easier to simply use a
> structure similar to tm, but with more precision.

Ah, good point, we don't want the calculation part. While I following
the tm approach will make conversion to and from a bit cumbersome. Anyway,
it's still a non-trivial problem to solve...
> I won't go so far as to call it evil, but multiple methods that provide the
> same functionality just add confusion for users. Which should they use?
> Why? If there's no preference for one over another then why did he have to
> stop and figure that out? And now what should he do, flip a coin every
> time?

All this would have to be documented.

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