|Re: Units Localisation request for future HPs|
Message #19 Posted by Mark Edmonds on 4 Aug 2008, 12:09 p.m.,
in response to message #3 by cyrille de Brébisson
Yes, you are right about the SI units change-over so by law, imperial units cannot be used (although I think there might be some small exceptions).
However, there are two additional points I want to make.
Whilst retail has gone SI, social is still very much stuck with imperial. Everyone knows their own weight by Stone. People know their cars by mpg or the size of the tank in imperial gallons. A need for conversion with these units still exists here.
Also, old machinery, especially certain levels of industrial machines will have all their specifications quoted in imperial. When it comes to maintaining these devices or making sure you are using them within spec, you have to convert from old to new. Trailer loadings will be quoted in CWT for example. Fuel specs in gallons. Whilst all new devices will be in SI, old devices will be in imperial. The need exists here too.
A while back, I got caught out by a conversion when by mistake, I used US gallons instead of UK gallons, found myself in a big argument over it, found out I was wrong and then found that this difference exists.
Yes, I would like to see Stones and CWT on all unit conversions. When I found these in the HP19B II, I couldn't help wonder why they were taken out in the later machines. These units are very useful.
So whilst SI rules for the future, Imperial has a large legacy which isn't going to go away for a long long time and supporting that legacy means keeping imperial units available and making sure the right ones are used where local differences exist. Hence the proposal.
Thanks for listening and I hope I explained that clearly! :)
But, being part of the EU, the UK is supposed to switch to a real unit system, so you don't have to convert anymore... while in the US, they are still stuck in the dark ages (which strangely they never lived through due to the fact that the US was not yet discovered)... and need the conversion...
anyhow, what other conversions do you want? Stones to KG? Chain to Furlong? I hope that you don't need an implementation of the old english monetary system!