[rfc-i] Units

Brian E Carpenter brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com
Wed Jan 28 15:14:47 PST 2015


On 29/01/2015 11:37, Andrew Sullivan wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 11:05:28AM +1300, Brian E Carpenter wrote:
>> Definitely not a troll. I would like to see one line in the
>> style guide: SI units are preferred. Really, for the vast majority
>> of humans acres, gallons, pounds and miles are meaningless.
> 
> Excellent.  So, then, you want to follow ISO 8000, and also insist
> that people write Mbit and so on?  And what do we do when there's a
> meaningful difference between bytes and octets in a given platform
> (important for C snippets), given that SI has standardized "byte" to
> mean "8 bits"?

No. In our own technology we can probably manage to do the right thing.
I'm talking about making our English text meaningful for our worldwide
audience: it's a style guide issue, not a rule and not an IETF issue
either.

   Brian

> Clearly, what the IETF needs are more rules and procedures.  Heaven
> knows we don't have enough hide binding us yet.
> 
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