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    Re: sign conventions and units.
    From: Yves Arrouye
    Date: 2001 Apr 23, 12:04 AM

    > But wouldn't it be nice if the French had done the
    > right thing in the 18th century?
    But then, aren't these traditions a good part of the pleasure of moving
    around on the water? (This statement is inconsistent with my opinion on
    using inches...).
    Were we using kilometers in the 18th century? I don't know if my (French)
    ancestors were involved with imperial units at any point in history, but our
    American cousins still can't get rid of them for everyday life (I chucke
    every time I see some "fancy" thing which is marked both imperial units and
    metric ones for the "modern method"; and then I get confused discussing
    3/8th and 7/16th of inches with my colleagues). Indeed, getting it "right"
    the first time can change nations' perspectives on things.

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