Re: Using standardized SI prefixes
On 6/12/07, Lennart Sorensen <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
On Tue, Jun 12, 2007 at 06:25:22PM +0200, Josselin Mouette wrote:
> Prefixes are case-sensitive. Kilo is "k". (This is also why there is
> much less ambiguity with K used for kibibytes.)
Hmm, I used to think both k and K were accepted for kilo, but I can't
find anything that says K is accepted for use as kilo.
All the symbols in SI units have to be distinct, as combined units are
units also. Consider:
kWh = kilo-watt-hour = 3.6 MJ
Nm = newton-metre
The capital K is used for kelvin. So Km = kelvin-metre, which I
suppose would be the unit to measure the total temperature over a
length (product of temperature and length).
Sure, most people can guess what you mean from the context but that
doesn't make it right...
Have a nice day,
Martijn van Oosterhout <email@example.com> http://svana.org/kleptog/