Are there any industry standards for writing product dimensions (width, height, depth) ??

Subject: Are there any industry standards for writing product dimensions (width, height, depth) ??
From: James Witkin <jameswitkin -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:43:37 -0800

In my current job, I write and maintain a lot of product specifications.
The previous tech writer followed no consistent method in how he ordered
these dimensions. Some are arranged as width x height x depth. Some as
height x depth x width. You get the idea.

I mentioned to my manager that I'd like to come up with a consistent method
for listing dimensions. He said "fine, but whichever order you choose, I'd
like to hear your justification."

Are there any industry standards for how to list dimensions? Is width or
height always listed first? If there are standards, what is the thinking
behind choosing one arrangement over another.

PS. whichever way you celebrate it, have a wide, tall and deep Thanksgiving!

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