Tab Atkins Jr.
jackalmage at gmail.com
Thu Mar 12 13:30:51 PDT 2009
On Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 1:04 PM, Kristof Zelechovski
<giecrilj at stegny.2a.pl> wrote:
> Notation for negative quantities usually starts with a minus (with
> exceptions for bookkeeping). It still does even though ASCII unified the
> hyphen with the minus.
> We cannot perform interval arithmetic on intervals with unknown limits or
> compare them. Automated processing tools would not benefit from the ability
> to recognize such intervals in markup even though they often occur in
> ancient biographies.
Indeed. I see little to no benefit to being able to mark up one-sided
intervals in a machine-readable format; specifically, I don't see any
way to justify the difficulty of handling it in the syntax.
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