It is contended that the most comprehensive collection of data on the visible and near-ultraviolet spectrum of pure liquid water can still be found [Appl. Opt. <b>38,</b> 1216 (1999)]. The data produced [Appl. Opt. <b>36,</b> 8710 (1997)] from the integrated light loss in a light-scattering cavity containing water produces a useful set of data, although the error bars presented are underestimated. Furthermore, an oxidative purification step was not incorporated into the water purification procedure to remove residual traces of light-absorbing organic impurities.
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Terence I. Quickenden, Colin G. Freeman, and Ronald A. J. Litjens, "Some Comments on the Paper by Edward S. Fry on the Visible and Near-Ultraviolet Absorption Spectrum of Liquid Water," Appl. Opt. 39, 2740-2742 (2000)