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On Dec 15, 2012, at 6:12 AM, Richard Barlow wrote:

> ultimately what matters is the actual connection between things, the
> copper doesn't care what net it belongs to.

And that's indeed the root of the problem. Short circuits involve engineering intention, but the hardware doesn't care what you intend, and the software doesn't know what you intend unless you tell it.

> The only bad thing with
> PCB's method is the highlighting of shorts and it seems that it should
> be possible to preserve PCB's current behaviour while vastly improving
> this using some graph theory.

I don't think that a program can reliably deduce the intention of the designer here, regardless of mathematical sophistication. Better to come up with more convenient ways to communicate and revise what that intention is.

I personally find software that attempts to read my mind difficult to use when the result needs to conform to rigorous requirements, as in engineering.

John Doty              Noqsi Aerospace, Ltd.
jpd AT noqsi DOT com

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