From: Robert Ramey (ramey_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-10-15 14:12:05
Hugo Duncan wrote:
>One of the design criteria I would like to see is a clear distinction
>between dimensional analysis and units.
This is absolutly essential !!!!
Dimensions are one thing
units are a way of rendering them
Internally for arithmetic purposes, some canonical set of units
has to be selected. But any time a result is rendered at
the user level it as to include a units property which might
or might not be the same as the canonical one.
As an illustration of this point I uploaded my own
attempt of at a dimension/units library to the file section.
At the time I had no knowledge of templates so its
not suitable as a submission - However it does
illustrate the fundamental requirement that the
concept of dimensions are units are separate
and only grief will result from intermixing them.
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