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This article is written in British English, which has its own spelling conventions (colour, travelled, centre, realise, defence), and some terms used in it are different or absent from other varieties of English. According to the relevant style guide, this should not be changed without broad consensus.
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)
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)
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)
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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