I show that the research reported by Arieli <i>et al</i>. [Appl. Opt. <b>36,</b> 9129 (1997)] has two serious mistakes: One is that an important factor is lost in the formula used in that study to determine the <i>x</i>-direction coordinate transformation; the other is the conclusion that the geometrical-transformation approach given by Arieli <i>et al</i>. can provide a smooth phase distribution. A potential research direction for obtaining a smooth phase distribution for a generic two-dimensional beam-shaping problem is stated.
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Qing Cao, "Geometrical-Transformation Approach to Optical Two-Dimensional Beam Shaping: Comment," Appl. Opt. 37, 8224-8225 (1998)