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From: Hubert Holin (Hubert.Holin_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-11-08 05:16:07

Somewhere in the E.U., le 08/11/2004


      What Reece described is the difference between a vector space and
an affine space. A vector space has one "special" element, the zero
vector, whereas an affine space has none (every point is equivalent to
every other). You *have* to choose one point in an affine space and
label it as the "origin". There is (intrinsically) no way to choose such
a point canonically. The confusion (that there is some magical way to
choose the origin) comes from the fact that a vector space can *also* be
endowed with an affine space structure (usually, but not necessarily, by
choosing the zero vector as the origin). Likewise, one can derive a
vector space from an affine one, but both are conceptually, and
practically, two very different beasts. "Point+Point" is meaningless,
"Point+Vector" is meaningful.

         Hubert Holin

In article <1852440446.20041105235430_at_[hidden]>,
 Val Samko <boost_at_[hidden]> wrote:

> RD> MFC gets the intended use of CPoint/CSize wrong.
> RD> In a mathematical sense, a point is a 0-size location in an nD
> RD> coordinate system. In this case, it is a 2D coordinate system, so is
> RD> (x,y). This is used for positioning, e.g. moving the graphics cursor, so
> RD> I call it gui::position. It does not make sense to perform point [+-*/]=
> RD> point since points are locations in a space (how do I add the location
> RD> of my house to the location of Jupiter)?
> I do not follow your logic. In mathematics, in Cartesian nD coordinate
> system, a point is represented by a set of distances between that
> point and the centre of coordinates, along each axe. Just like a vector.
> And vectorA + vectorB is a very common operation.
> RD> The size type stores width and height information, so it can be treated
> RD> as a 2D vector. In this case, standard arithmetic operations make sense.
> RD> Also, it is possible for sizes to interact with points, e.g. point +=
> size.
> Once again, in geometry, vector and point are practically the same thing.
> RD> If you do point - point, then the resulting type is a size type that
> RD> represents the distance between the two points.
> Just like size - size.
> RD> So in a mathematical sense, the difference between size and position is
> RD> entirely relevant, it's just that some libraries (not mentioning names)
> RD> do not adhere to the above mathematical rules.
> There are no mathematical rules, which say that a point in nD
> Cartesian coordinate system is not just a set of corresponding
> distances along each axe.
> Valentin
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