spc3r21c.pdf tupo kib != KiB
Edward A. Gardner
eag at ophidian.com
Sat Jan 22 08:47:35 PST 2005
* From the T10 Reflector (t10 at t10.org), posted by:
* "Edward A. Gardner" <eag at ophidian.com>
At 17:06 21-01-2005, you wrote:
>* From the T10 Reflector (t10 at t10.org), posted by:
>* Dennis Painter <dennis at hale-pohaku.com>
>Presumably our marketing persons would use plain English, as defined
>Webster defines a Gigabyte as
>: 1,073,741,824 bytes
Webster and other dictionaries document common usage, not just correct
usage. They repeat the same mistakes that "everyone" makes.
One can argue whether it ought to be this way, but their direction became
clear when "ain't" and other slang were added. Besides, which dictionary
sells better, one that only contains correct usage, or one that also
contains all the incorrect but common usage? That is, the "plain English"
defined by Webster is driven by marketing, not correct usage.
Contrast with Elements of Style and similar references.
Edward A. Gardner eag at ophidian dot com
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