[Tagging] Straw pole Temperature=objective default unit?

Dave Swarthout daveswarthout at gmail.com
Thu Apr 9 07:43:33 UTC 2015

C'mon folks. Temperatures are always measured in degrees, hence it is
completely unnecessary to include this hard-to-type symbol in the value. We
know if it's a temperature, the value will be a certain number of  degrees.
As for regional differences, let's not go there. The metric system is the
one to use, always. I'm an American and curse the anachronistic Avoirdupois
measurement system every time I use it. Is 15/32 of an inch longer or
shorter than 31/64 of an inch? There are 32 ounces in a quart. But does it
weigh 32 ounces? No. Fluid ounces and weight ounces are quite different.

Celsius is the default. If you must use Fahrenheit, add an F character (not
symbol) to the value.

On Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 2:02 PM, johnw <johnw at mac.com> wrote:

> > On Apr 9, 2015, at 9:52 AM, Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Hi,
> > I'd like an indication of the preference for the default unit of the
> temperature= value
> >
> >
> > Say a mapper tags
> >
> > temperature=42
> >
> > The options are to interpret this as
> > a) values would be interpreted as degrees Celsius. (Similar to the width
> key default.)
> values should default to a known unit, like meters for elevation.
> I don’t enter m with an elevation value ( ele=3776 ), because the tag says
> it is in meters. Even though I am an American and still think in
> feet/inches/acres/miles, I read thr wiki and tag info in iD - which states
> it is in meters.
> temperature should be the same.
> Get the tagging programs to display a note with the tag, and it is
> super-easy to understand the unit for the tag.
> Javbw
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Dave Swarthout
Homer, Alaska
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Travel Blog at http://dswarthout.blogspot.com
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