Andrew et al,
        I get the feeling that many people think that there would not be too
many footprints. How many is not too many? My SMT+ footprint reference has
2474 footprints and adds at least 50 - 100 per year. Now a large number of
them would not typically be used by any one user but against a larger number
of users you would start to increase the total number required to rather
large numbers. (i.e. I don't use any BGA, QFP, not many connectors, large
VLSI, large SOIC, DIPS or leaded electrolytics, resistors, capacitors. Some
other users may use all or significant numbers of these.) Sometimes the
number of part variations elude us because we deal with our own little
universe of parts and part requirements.
        Additionally there would be the work of documenting such footprints
and deriving a naming structure. Whew, a lot of work people. Not to mention
there will be several dozen opinions about how to construct everything based
upon biases, opinions, experiences and guidelines.

Brad Velander,
Lead PCB Designer,
Norsat International Inc.,
#300 - 4401 Still Creek Dr.,
Burnaby, B.C., V5C 6G9.
Tel. (604) 292-9089 direct
Fax (604) 292-9010
website www.norsat.com


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andrew J Jenkins [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> Sent: Monday, July 23, 2001 9:48 PM
> To: Protel EDA Forum
> Subject: Re: [PEDA] a lib. for everyone
> 
> 
> On 09:52 AM 7/24/2001 +1000, Thomas wrote:
> 
> >It cannot be done. 
> 
> While I understand the sentiment, boy do I just hate when 
> people say such things...
> 
> After all, there are not all THAT many footprints. 
> Components, yes, footprints...I don't think so...
> 
> aj

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