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2001\04\10@115523 by Eric James

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source=>But what is the general way of displaying fractions of an
>inch?. Do you just use decimal? I.E.: 1/2
>inch do you show it as 0.5 inch?

That depends on the user, an engineer would usually use 0.5" where a
carpender would usually use 1/2"

>Also feet is indicated by a ' symbol and inch by " symbol. Right?
>How would you show it on and LCD screen?
>Say 5 feet, 10 1/2 inches. Would you do this: 5' 10.5" ?

Once again an engineer would usually like to see something like:
5' 10.5"

Where a carpender would like to see:
5' 10 1/2"

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2001\04\10@124321 by James R. Cunningham

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Eric James wrote:

> Once again an engineer would usually like to see something like:
> 5' 10.5"

an engineer would usually place a dash between the feet and inches,
something like:5'-10.5" on the rare occasions that he chose to use
inches.  Most of us think in decimal feet, so that 5'-10.5" would
generally be written as 5.875'

All the best,

Jim

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2001\04\10@180742 by Olin Lathrop

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> Once again an engineer would usually like to see something like:
> 5' 10.5"
>
> Where a carpender would like to see:
> 5' 10 1/2"

Keep in mind that just about all feet/inch length measures sold to the
general public are marked in binary fractions of an inch, typically 1/16 or
1/32.  Yes, there are engineering rulers that are marked in decimal
fractions, but these are "specialty" items and most average people don't
have them.

Yes, I think this system sucks too.


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