Talk:Units of measurement in France

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Unreferenced[edit]

The article is completely lacking in any references at all. It appears to have been based off a translation of the French version of this page, but that too doesn't appear to have any actual citations in it. Rhialto 02:10, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

Refactored Page[edit]

At User:Rhialto/french units, I have finished making a draft revised page, incorporating some of teh more recent changes on the French version of this page and using the same table layout in most other metrology articles. I look forward to comments on it before I copy it over onto this article. Rhialto 07:14, 26 February 2007 (UTC)

Outstanding. Your new revision is a much-needed improvement in clarity and presentation. Indefatigable 13:46, 27 February 2007 (UTC)

Spelling Convention[edit]

I chose to spell metric units as metre, litre, gramme, kilogramme, tonne, based on the usual French/UK spelling of these words, which I feel is appropriate for this article. Rhialto 01:53, 12 March 2007 (UTC)

Neutrality[edit]

The opening sentence reads "In France, before the decimalised metric system of 1799, a well-defined old system existed, however with some local variants". My own reading is that the system of measurement in France in 1789 was a complete shambles - see Ken Adler - The Measure of all Things". He wrote "Contemporaries [on the eve of the Revolution] estimated that under the cover of some eight hundred names, ancien regime France had a staggering 250,000 different units of weights and measures". The article fails to convey this shanmbles to the extent that it appears to be anti-metric, especially when it used the word "metrification" and a UK Language article. Martinvl (talk) 18:46, 5 February 2011 (UTC)

I have started rewriting the text parts of the article in a manner which I hope better reflects reality. Martinvl (talk) 21:07, 5 February 2011 (UTC)
I have split the article into two - one dealing with the pre-revolutionary phase and and the other giving an overview.

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