NIST unit rules and conventions
paul at anastrophe.com
Fri Sep 21 18:45:20 UTC 2018
On 9/21/2018 10:58 AM, Sanjeev Gupta wrote:
> Yes, having a sentence ...
> The change in the value of the residual, after 2 hours or 35
> iterations, should not exceed 23
> ppm is a requirement of various standards, among which are NIST 543:62
> and FIPS
> 180 published in 2017.
> ... is slightly confusing wih the line breaks as above.
> ... but you do not know how wide my terminal is when I display the
> text ...
True. Which would argue for non-breaking space at virtually every
instance of a value/unit declaration.
This is a tough one. I am not really competent with asciidoc and its
plenitude of options. I've already run across a few instances of ascii
escapes in the text files for rendering the microsecond symbol and
others - not a lot of them, but they are scattered about in the various
doc files, and implicitly muck up appearance if viewed in one or another
format (for me, emacs).
So....now I'm starting to lean away from the NIST guidelines (sigh). For
example, they also recommend (#16, the very next line item):
The digits of numerical values having more than four digits on
either side of the decimal marker are separated into groups of three
using a thin, fixed space counting from both the left and right of
the decimal marker. Commas are not used to separate digits into
groups of three.
15 739.012 53
I find that completely wrongheaded. Not only would it further disrupt
documents regarding line breaks in asciidoc, I find readability
significantly _diminished_ by that style.
So, great. here we are. I lobbied to conform to NIST guidelines, now I'm
rebelling against them.
Let me throw this out there - I personally prefer conjoined value/unit (
53µs ). Sanjeev does also. Anyone else want to weigh in?
This is beginning to feel a bit like asking the board of directors to
spend a day deciding between Dixon Ticonderoga or Faber-Castell pencils
for the company.
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