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CLDR Ticket #10850(closed: fixed)

Opened 11 months ago

Last modified 9 months ago

Fix info for United Kingdom (GB)

Reported by: stevemarshbig@… Owned by: pedberg
Component: other-supplemental Data Locale:
Phase: spec-beta Review: emmons
Weeks: Data Xpath:


The United Kingdom officially uses both metric and UK imperial measurements.
Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/all?title=metrication


Change History

comment:1 Changed 10 months ago by pedberg

  • Status changed from new to accepted
  • Component changed from unknown to supplemental
  • Priority changed from assess to medium
  • Phase changed from dsub to spec-beta
  • Milestone changed from UNSCH to 33
  • Owner changed from anybody to pedberg
  • type changed from unknown to spec

The particular combination of units used in the UK is what we mean by saying measurementSystem=UK. We should probably clarify the documentation in https://www.unicode.org/reports/tr35/tr35-general.html#Measurement_System_Data, taking this ticket for that.

comment:2 Changed 10 months ago by richard.wordingham@…

You'll need a per-commodity table for the UK. I buy milk and beer by the pint, but petrol and fruit juice by the litre. As to the temperature, I relate to it in Fahrenheit, use it in work in kelvin and hear it on the weather forecast in celsius and read it in centigrade. On land I use miles, miles per hour and acres, while in the air I use metres, metres per second and square metres. I pay for carpet by the square metre, though I think the strips are still 12 feet wide. I weigh baggage in kilograms, and think of people's weight in stones. (If you don't care about people's understanding, UK weights are now all metric - the medical profession has long measured people's weights in kilograms.)

comment:3 Changed 9 months ago by pedberg

Note that we do already have supplemental <unitPreferenceData> by region, indicating which units are preferred for particular usage, in both informal and formal contexts. We could in principle say that for GB, a person's weight is measured in kg for formal contexts (e.g. medical), but informal contexts use stones + pounds for adults & larger children, but pounds + ounces for infants. See: https://www.unicode.org/reports/tr35/tr35-info.html#Preferred_Units_For_Usage. This is intended to capture at least some of the complexity you suggest. The current data is not very complete, suggestions welcome.

comment:4 Changed 9 months ago by pedberg

  • Status changed from accepted to reviewing
  • Review set to emmons

comment:5 Changed 9 months ago by emmons

  • Status changed from reviewing to closed
  • Resolution set to fixed

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