Re: kHz or KHz?

Subject: Re: kHz or KHz?
From: Joe Miller <joemiller -at- CANBERRA -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 30 Sep 1998 08:58:41 -0400

The abbreviations "kHz" and "MHz" are correct because they conform to the
long accepted international metric standard described in ANSI/IEEE Std
268-1992, "American National Standard for Metric Practice".

Abstract from the title page: "Guidance for the application of the
modernized metric system in the United States is given. Known as the
International System of Units (abbreviated SI), the system is intended as a
basis for worldwide standardization measurement units. Information is
included on SI, a limited list of non-SI units recognized for use with SI
units, and a list of conversion factors from non-SI to SI units, together
with general guidelines on proper style and usage."

(ANSI is the American National Standards Institute and IEEE is the
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.)

Footnote: I believe that this standard is now called ANSI/IEEE/ASTM SI
10-97 because the American Society of Testing and Materials has merged
their publication on the metric standard with the ANSI/IEEE one.

The publication can be ordered from any of the three organizations for
about US$50.00.

The IEEE can be reached at 1. 800. 678. 4333 or, outside of the US and
Canada, 908. 981. 1393, or on the web at

Good luck in convincing management that it's in their best interest to
conform to an accepted international standard.

joemiller -at- canberra -dot- com

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