[texhax] units

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Fri Jun 13 12:53:19 CEST 2003

> > For a more complete handling of units with correct spacing, compounding
> > etc., check out the "SIunits" package, also on CTAN.
> Well, I am underimpressed.
> Try \electronvolt.  The V really should be negatively kerned -- the space
> between the e and the V is unsightly large.
> Try \square\giga\electronvolt.  The square is applied to the G not to the
> V, i.e., you get G^2eV rather than GeV^2.  To get it right you need to use
> \giga\square\electronvolt, which does not read normally. What you would
> say is giga-electronvolt-squared.
> Further, it does not handle spacing.  One would like 5\meter  and
> 5 \meter to produce the same thing.

and you've sent a list of suggestions to the author?

(fwiw, it's perfectly obvious why \square\giga\electronvolt doesn't
do what you expect: try \square{\giga\electronvolt} ... it stands a
better chance of making it through tex parsing.)

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