[uf-discuss] Re: Currency + Unit of measurement (Was: Currency+Product)

Guillaume Lebleu gl at brixlogic.com
Tue Oct 3 14:08:08 PDT 2006

Colin wrote:
> This proposal is shaping up nicely. Could you think of other "client" 
> uses for just the measurement format? Already described in this thread 
> were some excellent uses for measurement + currency (e.g. searching 
> job listings).
Thanks Colin. For just the measurement format, of course automatic 
localization based on a browser preference, but I imagine you already 
thought about this one.
> Also, I'm curious to know your thoughts on how this would tie in to 
> the proposed historical uF. Would the entire currency+measure get 
> wrapped in a history? That doesn't seem entirely necessary: the size 
> of a barrel of oil doesn't change (right?). Only the $ currency 
> fluctuates.
In my adaptation of XBRL currency semantics to uF, I have explored the 
use of empty anchors as references to global definitions of units 
instead of redundant local definitions, but I haven't got any feedback 
from the community on this yet. See 

This is not just relevant for the history uF but also for any tabular 
representation (ex. financial statements) where you don't want to repeat 
the unit/currency in each cell. See 


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