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[Slib-units] Re: MIXF

From: Aubrey Jaffer
Subject: [Slib-units] Re: MIXF
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2008 18:23:14 -0400 (EDT)

 | From: Douglas McPherson <address@hidden>
 | Date: Sat, 31 May 2008 13:54:15 -0700
 | Dear Mr. Jaffer,

My apologies for taking so long to reply.

 | My name is Douglas McPherson.  I have been reading your online
 | specification, MIXF, with a great deal of interest.  Thanks for
 | this important work.  Are there any plans or work in progress to
 | have this standardized, for example by IETF, ISO, etc?

MIXF was IETF draft-jaffer-metric-interchange-format (an application
to become an RFC).  In 2002 the RFC editor decided that
metric-interchange-format-03 was not within the IETF's purview:

    Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2002 18:12:03 GMT
    Subject: draft-jaffer-metric-interchange-format-03.txt
    Cc: address@hidden, address@hidden
    From: address@hidden


    We apologize for the delayed response.  The RFC Editor has completed
    the review of <draft-jaffer-metric-interchange-format-03.txt>.  We
    cannot publish this document as an RFC, as we are the wrong standards
    body for this type of publication.

    Thank you.

    RFC Editor

It was within the IETF's charter to have referred MIXF to ISO, but
they chose not to.

Do you know of any avenue by which MIXF could become officially

 | There is also some related work called UCUM (
 | ).  I wonder if you have any
 | knowledge of this effort or its plans for standardization?  Any
 | insights you can offer are most appreciated.  Thanks very much.

Your email was the first news of UCUM I have received; thanks for
bringing it to my attention.  Their goal seems to become the Unicode
of units.  At first blush it looks like they assume people thoroughly
understand their non-metric units, and that these systems are
consistent; I have doubts about both assumptions.

So where the UCUM emphasis may be exchanging local units, MIXF's
emphasis is on communicating absolute quantities.  But I should read
UCUM more carefully and add an analysis of it to MIXF.

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