RE: Measurements in the UK

Subject: RE: Measurements in the UK
From: "Sean Brierley" <sbri -at- haestad -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 14:23:16 -0400


A stone in the U.K was 14 pounds before SI came along, now it should be
gone. As a unit of measure, stone is not used in the USA. Dunno about
Canada. And, about measuring things by the "hand," don't, it's impolite
LOL!

Tech writer tie-in, know your audience and their expectations. I once
created a doc set--describing CAD and CAM software--for delivery in the
U.K., Europe, and U.S. Using FrameMaker and conditional text, I
delivered metric and U.S. customary versions of the English-language
book (I also adjusted a tonne of things like the o/ou er/re /ue and
guy/bloke differences). Imperial measures were not a consideration.

Cheers,

Sean

P.S. Just kidding about the guy/bloke part.
-----------------------------------------
Sean Brierley
Software Documentation Specialist
Haestad Methods
http://www.haestad.com
203-805-0572 (voice)
203-597-1488 (fax)

-----Original Message-----
From: Elizabeth OShea [mailto:Elizabeth -dot- OShea -at- emergesmart -dot- com]

>You can say you are X amount of kilograms or X "stone" (a stone
is 12.6 kilos).

Fascinating. A stone is 14 pound in Ireland, which is 6.363636 (ad
nauseum)
kilo. So is a stone 28 pound in the your part of the world?

This is why we use metric for official transactions :-)

elizabeth

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