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From: Paul A Bristow (pbristow_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-03-29 13:23:45


>-----Original Message-----
>From: boost-bounces_at_[hidden]
>[mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]] On Behalf Of Matthias Schabel
>Sent: 29 March 2007 16:43
>To: boost_at_[hidden]
>Subject: Re: [boost] units: review
>> As I recall, SI specifically says do NOT use the plurals.
>Do you have a reference for this?
>> So I agree with this. (But it needs documenting with chapter and
>> verse to head off those who try to be non-standard?).
>I'm not strongly attached to having plurals - any dissenters to the
>idea of removing them in favor of the singular forms? I think we
>should probably retain the alternate spellings, OTOH...

The SI rule for pluralising units is that symbols of units are not pluralised[2], for example "25 kg" (not "25 kgs").

Reference 2 is

Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (2006). "The International System of Units (SI)". 8th ed.. Retrieved on 2006-07-14.

So this is quite specific and so I definitely think they should GO for SI units.


PS I understand what Eric Lemings is saying, but I think having both invites abuse and confusion. Keep It Simple Sir - stick to

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