Picas

Stephen Turner (S.R.E.Turner@statslab.cam.ac.uk)
Mon, 15 Jan 1996 12:53:06 +0000 (GMT)


Message-Id: <m0tboPL-000TJKC@cougar.statslab.cam.ac.uk>
From: Stephen Turner <S.R.E.Turner@statslab.cam.ac.uk>
Subject: Picas
To: dsr@w3.org
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 1996 12:53:06 +0000 (GMT)
Cc: www-html@w3.org

I notice that <URL:http://www.w3.org/pub/WWW/TR/WD-insert.html> and
<URL:http://www.w3.org/hypertext/WWW/TR/WD-tables> both include abbreviations
for various dimensions (in, cm and so on). The abbreviation for picas is
"pi". Is it too late to consider changing this to "pc"? There are two good
reasons for this:

1) TeX uses pc. This is not a reason in itself, except that lots of people
   are familiar with TeX, and other things being equal...
2) Other things aren't equal anyway, because "pi" could have meant "pixels"
   or "picas". Isn't it better to use "pc" and "px" to avoid any possible
   confusion?

-- 
Stephen R. E. Turner
  Stochastic Networks Group, Statistical Laboratory, University of Cambridge
  e-mail: sret1@cam.ac.uk  WWW: http://www.statslab.cam.ac.uk/~sret1/home.html