Re: English-Metric units in documentation

Subject: Re: English-Metric units in documentation
From: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- alltel -dot- net>
To: tech -dot- writer1 -at- verizon -dot- net
Date: Thu, 08 Jun 2006 09:32:31 -0400

You had better not make the translation into a different set of
units without checking with both your engineering and legal
departments. An incorrect specification, or even one perceived as
incorrect, could negatively affect your company. You are suggesting
a change in policy. Get guidance from someone rather high up
in the company, rather than presenting a fait accompli.

tech -dot- writer1 -at- verizon -dot- net wrote:

We (a US-based company) have some equipment to be sold to customers in North America, Europe and Asia. The equipment requires installation instructions providing clearances, fixing dimensions and other measurements. In some cases +/- tolerances are specified.

I'm leaning toward providing both units of measurements in the text and graphics, while doing my best to keep them clear and uncluttered.

However I am wondering if there is any standard practice for this, whereby the producer supplies the information in its home unit of measurement, with the burden on the customer to convert.

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