[rfc-i] Units

Brian E Carpenter brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com
Wed Jan 28 13:44:34 PST 2015


On 29/01/2015 10:34, Ted Lemon wrote:
> On Jan 28, 2015, at 4:32 PM, Brian E Carpenter <brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com> wrote:
>> So, do we have a policy for units in RFCs? It seems to me that we should
>> not use quaint local measurements like acres. We should (as a style guide
>> issue) use scientific, i.e. metric, units, as in "a 40 hectare data center",
> 
> I don't think that would help.   The average reader will have no idea how big an acre is anyway.   Better to use square dimensions.

In this specific case, perhaps, but several billion people are
more likely to understand "hectare" than "acre". Anyway my question
is more one or principle: should the style guide call for SI units (
which is the official name)?

    Brian


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