[OS X TeX] Variable

Christopher Allen Christopher.T.Allen.95 at Alum.Dartmouth.ORG
Fri May 5 12:09:32 EDT 2006

On May 4, 2006, at 6:58 AM, Peter Pagin wrote:

> For something similar to spreadsheat capacity, the best I know is  
> the fp package. More flexible than calc.

I looked at fp. It looks very nice; though, as the author suggests,  
the documentation could be updated. I can see getting a lot of  
utility out of it. Thanks.

I'm not sure the calculation ability from either calc or fp will  
actually be needed to implement what is desired. (Again, I'm not sure  
I know what is desired.) It may just be that \arabic and \value need  
to be used after declaring a counter. However, my general feeling  
when choosing between floating point variables and integer variables  
for use in strings is always to stick with integer variables unless  
the other is absolutely necessary. That way you avoid having to  
repeatedly round results just in case you ordered your math in such a  
way that the floating point number carries a stray rounding error.

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