Re: Measurements: Fraction, Decimals, or Both

Subject: Re: Measurements: Fraction, Decimals, or Both
From: Kathleen MacDowell <kathleen -dot- eamd -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "wondersofone -at- gmail -dot- com" <wondersofone -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2016 01:33:43 -0500

One other thing I'd recommend is using the term, in. or inch/ft or foot. It
takes a bit more room, but I've always found it's too easy to make a typo
by using the ' and ". The one exception might be in figures, although I'd
still probably try to spell it out if possible.

On Sat, Oct 8, 2016 at 6:04 PM, wondersofone -at- gmail -dot- com <
wondersofone -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> Thanks for your validation! I will run with this.
>
> On Sat, Oct 8, 2016 at 12:47 PM, Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
> wrote:
>
> > On Sat, 08 Oct 2016 18:19:36 -0400, wondersofone -at- gmail -dot- com <
> > wondersofone -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> >
> > So it may just be more efficient (and accurate) that I simply reflect the
> >> measurement given to us by the manufacturer. So now I can focus on the
> >> formatting issue.
> >>
> >
> > Yes, because you are getting the information in various formats and
> > precisions, you are constrained to keep those things exactly the same, as
> > much as possible. The customer looking for a 1-7/8 inch item will
> probably
> > not buy if it is presented as 1.875 inches or (worse) 1.9 inches. The
> > former value is correct but not expected, and probably not trusted. The
> > latter (rounded) is simply incorrect, and taints the entire document.
> >
> > There is a lot of "engineering get-it-done style" knowledge among the
> > people who use a combination of US and SI measurements in their work. For
> > example, 11 or 12 mm is somewhat close to 7/16 inch for some purposes.
> 3/4
> > inch is very close to 19 mm. "Hand me a 19 mm wrench." "Sorry, don't have
> > one. Here's a 3/4. It'll do."
> >
> > Threads on bolts, however, are totally incompatible between US (coarse or
> > fine) and SI. Worse, some seem as if they are fitting if you get them
> > wrong, until after several turns they jam.
> >
> > The manufacturer's presentation of physical values is "as expected" and
> > should be retained. The hyphen-and-solidus format (1-7/8) that you expect
> > to use is generally acceptable.
> >
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References:
Measurements: Fraction, Decimals, or Both: From: wondersofone -at- gmail -dot- com
Re: Measurements: Fraction, Decimals, or Both: From: Peter Neilson
Re: Measurements: Fraction, Decimals, or Both: From: wondersofone -at- gmail -dot- com
Re: Measurements: Fraction, Decimals, or Both: From: Peter Neilson
Re: Measurements: Fraction, Decimals, or Both: From: wondersofone -at- gmail -dot- com

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