Talk:ISO 31-0

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Searching ISO 31 I found on top of the page "26,683 have donated". Is it a joke? (talk) 16:29, 22 November 2007 (UTC)

Names and symbols for units[edit]

I've made two minor edits in this section. Regarding the L/l (as the abbreviation for litre) controversy it is evident that only l fulfils the lower case requirement and, as far as I can find out, only the Anglo-Saxon countries use L, probably because they do not respect the mandatory space between the value and the unit, creating confusion between 1 and l with some typefaces. Does anyone know whether there is any decision pending on the suppression of one of the unit abbreviations?--Devilinhell (talk) 12:14, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

the capital letter L as symbol for Liter (engl. litre) is often used in germany too ... so one part of your theory is not correct ;-) -- (talk) 09:12, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

The meaning of “italic”[edit]

The article states that “Symbols for quantities are set in italic type, independent of the type used in the rest of the text.” This is a bit ambiguous; does it mean just using an oblique font, or literally using a true italic (i.e., oblique and cursive) font? Part of the ambiguity arises because the examples in the article just use oblique, as seems to be the predominant style for Wikipedia. Moreover, except for type design, the distinction between true italic font and sans-serif oblique is seldom observed, even in authoritative style guides such as the Chicago Manual of Style, Words into Type, and Merriam Webster's Manual for Writers & Editors. But recent ISO standards, including the soon-to-be-released ISO/DIS 80000-1, seem to take “italic” quite literally; ISO standards use sans-serif typeface for the main text but use a serif italic font for all quantity symbols, despite using sans-serif upright font for numerals and descriptive subscripts, in displayed mathematics as well as inline with the text. JeffConrad (talk) 02:34, 27 January 2009 (UTC)