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Re: Re: lynx-dev Prefixes (was: Re: Question about WHEREIS)

From: Petr Baudis
Subject: Re: Re: lynx-dev Prefixes (was: Re: Question about WHEREIS)
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2004 15:36:18 +0100
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Dear diary, on Tue, Jan 20, 2004 at 08:36:36AM CET, I got a letter,
where David Woolley <address@hidden> told me, that...
> > And "K" as 10^3 has been scientific and engineering standard
> > for far longer than that.
> No it has not.  k is 10^3,  K is 2^10.  The engineering use is
> lower case.
> The ambiguous case is M, but then most people now make the faux
> pas of writing m, which is clearly 1E-3.
> Only a very small number of people will understand what is going on
> when they see Ki or Mi.

We changed the units to Ki/Mi ni ELinks, and I didn't spot any confusion
at all. People who do not know what is going on at all just ignore the
'i'. In the year or two this is in force, I can remember receiving only
one mail asking why Ki/Mi is used in place of 'K' and 'M'. In fact when
I was asking around, only few people did really notice the new unit,
their brain just conveniently dropped the 'i'. On the other side when
you wonder whether it is power of 10 or 2, you examine the unit more
closely and then 'i' is unambiguous clarification.

                                Petr "Pasky" Baudis
If a train station is where the train stops, what is a work station? --mj

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