## RE: Dimensions 8.5 x 11-inch?

Subject: RE: Dimensions 8.5 x 11-inch?
From: "Andrew Warren" <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com>
To: "Rob Hudson" <caveatrob -at- gmail -dot- com>, "Geoff Hart" <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2007 19:51:49 -0700

Rob Hudson wrote:

> Is this an appropriate use of a fraction with inches: "1/8 " "?
>
> I'd tend to hyphenate "1/8-inch"

Rob:

In the sentence "Hand me a 1/8-inch socket, please," the use of a hyphen
is appropriate because the unit is spelled out ("inch"). When a unit
SYMBOL is used, though, there should be only a space between the numeral
and the symbol, as in "8.5 in x 11 in".

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) publishes
the Guide for the Use of the International System of Units (SI); it's
available at:

http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/index.html

The section you want is here:

http://physics.nist.gov/Pubs/SP811/sec07.html#7.2

Quoting from it:

7.2 Space between numerical value and unit symbol

In the expression for the value of a quantity, the unit
symbol is placed after the numerical value and a space is
left between the numerical value and the unit symbol.

....

(b) Even when the value of a quantity is used in an
adjectival sense, a space is left between the numerical
value and the unit symbol. (This rule recognizes that unit
symbols are not like ordinary words or abbreviations but
are mathematical entities, and that the value of a quantity
should be expressed in a way that is as independent of
language as possible - see Sec. 7.6 and Sec. 7.10.3.)

Examples: a 1 m end gauge but not: a 1-m end gauge

....

Note: When unit names are spelled out, the normal rules of
English apply. Thus, for example, "a roll of 35-millimeter
film" is acceptable (see Sec. 7.6, note 3).

-Andrew

=== Andrew Warren - awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com
=== Synaptics, Inc - Santa Clara, CA
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Create HTML or Microsoft Word content and convert to Help file formats or
printed documentation. Features include support for Windows Vista & 2007
Microsoft Office, team authoring, plus more.
http://www.DocToHelp.com/TechwrlList

Now shipping: Help &amp; Manual 4 with RoboHelp(r) import! New editor,
full Unicode support. Create help files, web-based help and PDF in up
to 106 languages with Help &amp; Manual: http://www.helpandmanual.com

---
You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit http://lists.techwr-l.com/mailman/options/techwr-l/archive%40web.techwr-l.com

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit
http://www.techwr-l.com/ for more resources and info.

Follow-Ups:

Previous by Author: RE: RE : RE: Your thoughts on punctuation?
Next by Author: RE: Feedback requested: What doc format do your customers require?
Previous by Thread: RE : Dimensions 8.5 x 11-inch? See Bringhurst
Next by Thread: RE: Dimensions 8.5 x 11-inch?

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues: