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    Re: AM/PM, [was] Sexagesimal (was Newbie - Variation..)
    From: Dan Allen
    Date: 2002 Feb 25, 09:27 -0800

    So what does a digital watch do about showing 12AM or 12PM?
    Digital watches can be set to use 24 hour time, but often there are not enough 
    LED or LCD segments to show 12:00 NOON on a display,
    so AM/PM are often dedicated smaller special characters.  Then a choice has to 
    be made, and it appears that Casio watches, as an
    example, show 12:00:00 as PM.
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Navigation Mailing List
    [mailto:NAVIGATION-L@LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM]On Behalf Of Jared Sherman
    Sent: Monday, February 25, 2002 7:13 AM
    Subject: AM/PM, [was] Sexagesimal (was Newbie - Variation..)
      That's not what the NIST alone wants. 
    Look at every "Manual of Style" used by any writer or
    editor. The habit of 12AM/12PM is a popular mistake best attributed to 
    illiteracy, something that we all suffer from to some degree.
    Actually a double and sometimes triple mistake since the AM/PM are supposed to 
    be small caps when written, never upper case, never
    lower case, never used with periods in them.
     Or it could just be our Colonial misappropriation...Surely, "meridien" means 
    the whole bit came from France and was not started
    here? In school we were taught "midi", not even "meridien".

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