[rfc-i] Units

Elwyn Davies elwynd at folly.org.uk
Wed Jan 28 16:23:54 PST 2015


On 28/01/2015 23:14, Brian E Carpenter wrote:
> 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
Yes, there have been too many words, but I support Brian's suggestion 
for a very few words in the style guide.  The audience for RFCs is the 
whole world.

/Elwyn

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