RE: English-Metric units in documentation

Subject: RE: English-Metric units in documentation
From: "Spreadbury, David" <david -dot- spreadbury -at- tellabs -dot- com>
To: <tech -dot- writer1 -at- verizon -dot- net>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2006 08:34:50 -0500

I don't know if there is a "standard", other than what your style guide
tells you.

In our documentation we have always supplied the measurement in US
values with the metric equivalent in parentheses; 6.5 in x 12 in (15.3
cm x 30.5 cm).

A tip, get one conversion application (there are many free ones
available) a for all of the writers on the project. This ensures, to
some degree, consistency in the calculations.

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Subject: English-Metric units in documentation

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.

Thanks for any input.
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