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 Re: [PyX-user] Is "Period" denglish? From: Joerg Lehmann - 2008-02-17 10:46 ```On 15.02.08, Tim Head wrote: > I was worried that this might be troublesome in terms of backwards > compatibility? Well, given that PyX is still (despite its age) in the alpha stadium and also that this feature is rather esoteric anyway, I don't think that's a real problem. We changed more important things, and will certainly do so in the future. I'll put a note in our TODO list, but leave the decision to André who is the graph master. Jörg ```

 Re: [PyX-user] Is "Period" denglish? From: Joerg Lehmann - 2008-02-15 15:54 ```Hello Tim, On 15.02.08, Tim Head wrote: > When reading the axis.texter documentation it took me quite a while to > figure out what the period argument does. Why on earth would a period > have an overline?? periods have to do with dots, why would we want to > put a overline over a dot? overline over a number? In German, this is called "Periode". So you're right, indeed, it's a Denglish term. > After realising what it is good for I felt a bit silly. It made me > wonder what english speaking people call this. They all use a dot over > the last digit to indicate recurrence and say "zero point one > recurring three". Wikipedia has more info on the various notations used for these recurring decimals: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recurring_decimal > Does anyone know what the "proper" terminology is in english? The proper name for the overline seems to be "vinculum": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinculum_%28symbol%29 Unfortunately, its usage is not limited to recurring decimals and I'm also not sure whether this term is really commonly used. To me, it sounds rather technical. > I would propose adding a sentence like "The period argument specifies > the formatting applied to recurring decimal numbers" to the > documentation so that half a sleep brits like me dont get confused ;) In my opinion, it would be better to give the argument a better name, as well. For instance, "reccuring" would be an obvious option - or even "vinculum", but see above... Best, Jörg ```
 Re: [PyX-user] Is "Period" denglish? From: Tim Head - 2008-02-15 17:24 ```On 15/02/2008, Joerg Lehmann wrote: > > I would propose adding a sentence like "The period argument specifies > > the formatting applied to recurring decimal numbers" to the > > documentation so that half a sleep brits like me dont get confused ;) > > > In my opinion, it would be better to give the argument a better > name, as well. For instance, "reccuring" would be an obvious option - or > even "vinculum", but see above... > I was worried that this might be troublesome in terms of backwards compatibility? tim > Best, > > Jörg > > ------------------------------------------------------------------------- > This SF.net email is sponsored by: Microsoft > Defy all challenges. Microsoft(R) Visual Studio 2008. > http://clk.atdmt.com/MRT/go/vse0120000070mrt/direct/01/ > _______________________________________________ > PyX-user mailing list > PyX-user@... > https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/pyx-user > -- http://tim.jottit.com/ ```
 Re: [PyX-user] Is "Period" denglish? From: Joerg Lehmann - 2008-02-17 10:46 ```On 15.02.08, Tim Head wrote: > I was worried that this might be troublesome in terms of backwards > compatibility? Well, given that PyX is still (despite its age) in the alpha stadium and also that this feature is rather esoteric anyway, I don't think that's a real problem. We changed more important things, and will certainly do so in the future. I'll put a note in our TODO list, but leave the decision to André who is the graph master. Jörg ```