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 http://stdsbbs.ieee.org/

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

Regards,
Joe
joemiller -at- canberra -dot- com


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