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Subject: Re: [office-comment] Re: Unit system tracking

Something to keep in mind is the Units ML work, started by NIST (http://unitsml.nist.gov/) and recently continued in a new OASIS TC (http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/tc_home.php?wg_abbrev=unitsml).   If we want to add units support to spreadsheets in the future, then this project might help with some basic representational issues.


Rob Weir
Software Architect
Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Software
IBM Software Group

email: robert_weir@us.ibm.com
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Bryce L Nordgren <bnordgren@fs.fed.us>

06/11/2007 12:38 PM

"Leonard Mada" <discoleo@gmx.net>
office-comment@lists.oasis-open.org, office-formula@lists.oasis-open.org
Re: [office-comment] Re: Unit system tracking

"Leonard Mada" <discoleo@gmx.net> wrote on 06/11/2007 12:01:11 AM:

> Well, the fact that Sun calls FORTRESS a next generation programming
> language should be considered as a strong sign of its utility. That
> said, I (as a researcher) really miss this automatic unit
> conversions. In my primary work I miss this feature, too (the money
> extension - both static and dynamic). I have some further ideas
> about currency conversions and if someone is interested I would be
> happy to share them.

Yes and no.  Sun appears to have a vested interest in FORTRESS.  In any
case, the page to which you refer is mostly "promotional".  Are there any
other implementations of the fortress language or is sun co-developing the
reference implementation and the specification.  Ten years from now,
fortress may be the java of hpc, but now...probably a little early to say.

This may be a distraction.  Units of measure can be added without adopting
conventions from any particular programming language.


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