Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 27th Dec 2007 05:37 UTC, submitted by Esther Schindler
Graphics, User Interfaces "It's hateful when a developer takes a 'shortcut' that saves that individual a couple of minutes, but thereafter causes extra effort from every single user. Awful as they are, these application design errors - all the fault of lazy developers - are entirely too common."
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RE: I would add
by Spellcheck on Thu 27th Dec 2007 09:36 UTC in reply to "I would add"
Spellcheck
Member since:
2007-01-20

HTML is expressive enough to do this, but don't blame authors for your quantity monoculture (you don't have the right to not be offended or confused).

For example, you could use the dfn element (just like it's used now for defining terms and abbreviations, often in combination with abbr, etc) and fill one or more attributes (or use the cite element) with links to documentation or unique identifiers for the unit in terms of standards documentation. In fact, this would make a create microformat, if it doesn't already exist.

The problem is that in modern literature, if units are actually an issue, then the author usually provides conversions or clarifying footnotes. It's just not important.

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RE[2]: I would add
by Fergy on Thu 27th Dec 2007 11:20 in reply to "RE: I would add"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

What you call a monoculture is what other people call standards. If you are writing for an international audience you should use international measurements. And yes I do mean the metric system.

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RE[3]: I would add
by mojojojo on Thu 27th Dec 2007 15:00 in reply to "RE[2]: I would add"
mojojojo Member since:
2007-11-20

No offense, but I find no evidence on the CIO website that they are writing for an international audience. The form for free subscriptions is US-only, etc. Interested foreigners can pay, but it's clear that CIO sees them as a "bonus" audience and not their main audience.

Perhaps you should just take up the habit of immediately leaving any website that uses feet, pounds, and miles - you are not the intended audience for those sites. Or are you saying that anything posted to the internet should use *your* preferred units, even if the author and the intended audience won't understand those units?

I have some news for you - 30 years and counting of international pressure on the US to adopt the metric system isn't going to finally succeed because of your whinging about it on OSNews.

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