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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-08-06 10:55:11

on Sat Aug 02 2008, Daryle Walker <> wrote:

> On Aug 1, 2008, at 10:59 AM, Michael Fawcett wrote:
>> On Fri, Aug 1, 2008 at 10:17 AM, Hervé Brönnimann
>> <hervebronnimann_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>>> This is not related to fixed-point per se, but why did
>>> boost.operators
>>> choose the spelling euclidian instead of the more common euclidean?
>>> I did
>>> check the Merriam-Webster, and both spellings are accepted (to my
>>> surprise),
>>> but I believe that most mathematicians use Euclidean...
>> I'm surprised too - I've never seen it spelled otherwise. I checked
>> the APIs we're currently using and they all use Euclidean. Google
>> pulls up 3,820,000 for euclidean, and 325,000 for euclidian (it also
>> says "Did you mean: euclidean").
>> In Google Code Search it pulls up 44,600 for euclidean, and 7,000
>> for euclidian.
> I just picked the first proper adjective form I found in a book or web
> page. (I think it was me; it was added via a change in <http://
> operators.hpp> from both me and Helmut Zeisel, and I forgot who did
> what. This is why checking in combined changes is bad, kids.) This
> was 7 years ago, before Goggle got big (and I got a separate CVS/SVN
> account), and who looked for a web-consensus back then?

It should be easy enough to change the official name in the library and
leave an implementation under the old name for backward compatibility.

Dave Abrahams
BoostPro Computing

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