Consider set of all germs of continuous functions at some point.

**Question:** What are some functions ("any/nice/constructive/whatever") from this set to R (reals) ? (Except evalution at point and made of it).

Before trying to be more precise with "nice" let me add some examples of "nice" in similar setups.

**Example 1.** If one considers germs of analytical functions, then derivatives at point are those
"nice" functions and moreover they are "coordinates" - i.e. if one knows all derivatives
- one knows the germ itself and so any other function on germs can be expressed via them.

**Examples 2a,b.** If one considers not the germs, but continuous functions themselves on say [0 1], then evaluation functionls at points [0 1] are those "nice" functions.
And again they are "coordinates". As another set of functionals one can take Fourier coefficints.

**"Counter" Examples:** Recent MO question shows that there are NO continuous functions on germs in certain topology on germs. Comments to unasnwered question on Math.SE tells something like if there would be something "nice", then everyone would know it.

**Motivational Examples** If I am not mistaking then, there are certain functions
which are "nice".

1) Holder exponent. I.e. sup of h: |f(x+a)-f(x)| < c x^h (it depends only on germ, right ? or I missed something ?), hmmmmm this sup can be inifinity and I want functions to take values in reals, let us cook way round: if this sup is more than 1, let my function to be equal be to 1 by hands.

2) Fractal dimension of graph of function. I.e. Consider continuous function y=f(x). Consider it on the interval [0 1/n]. Calculate fractal dimension of graph of f(x). Take upper limit of those dimensions with $n-> \infty$. (It depends only on germ, right ? or I missed something ?)

Above is revised version of question. Let me preserve old version.

"Understanding an infinitesimal neighbourhood of a point in the realm of continuous functions"

For analytic functions, the set of all derivatives at a point, $f^{(n)}(a)$ for $n = 0,1,\ldots$, give a set "coordinates" on the space of all functions (germs). So $\operatorname{Spec}(C[[(x-a)]])$ is an "infinitesimal neighbourhood" of the point $x=a$.

Now consider not analytic, but continuous functions and a point $x=a$. Consider the germs of continuous functions at this point.

**Question:** How to understand the "algebra" of functionals on the space of germs of continuous functions?

Are there good "coordinates" (like the derivatives in the analytic case)? Are there some nice examples of such functionals? Can one express fractal dimensions or Hölder exponents via "coordinates/nice functions"?

Motivation: I was thinking about various fractal dimensions of graphs of functions (or of germs). There are many of them and it is difficult to understand the relation between them, it would be nice if they can be expressed via something canonical.

anylinear functional on germs of continuous functions (besides multiples of evaluation at the point) without the axiom of choice? $\endgroup$ – Eric Wofsey Oct 18 '14 at 22:26analyticfunctions is $\mathrm{Spec}($this subring$)$. $\endgroup$ – Theo Johnson-Freyd Oct 19 '14 at 0:31