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Re: Amendments in calc-units.el

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Amendments in calc-units.el
Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2005 09:26:46 +0200
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Miles Bader <address@hidden> writes:

> 2005/10/16, Torsten Bronger <address@hidden>:
>> Secondly, "point" should be renamed "bp" (big point).  It's not
>> *the* point after all (but an invention by Adobe, as far as I know).
> I suspect more calc users use postscript points than "real points"...
> Probably better to make "pt" / "point" mean postscript point, and add
> "typopoint" or something for typographer's points (does anyone even
> still use those now that postscript is so widespread?).  Btw where on
> earth did the name "bp" come from???  I've never heard it before.

TeX.  It is a "big point" in TeX, to distinguish it from the slightly
smaller typographic point 1/72.27 in.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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