[rfc-i] Units

Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor) rse at rfc-editor.org
Thu Jan 29 11:52:15 PST 2015


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On 1/28/15 1:32 PM, Brian E Carpenter wrote:
> I just came across an Internet-Draft referring to "a 100 acre data
> center".
> 
> 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",
> 

Hello Brian,

No, there is no policy regarding units in RFCs.  While I have no
particular objection to putting something in the web part of the style
guide for now encouraging authors to use SI-based units, I would
rather see authors and WGs/RGs fix this when it is semantically
meaningful to the implementation of a document well before it gets to
the RFC Editor.  Where it is not semantically meaningful, I am fine
with a recommend not require.

- -Heather

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