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All links on this page were updated on 2006-05-22.


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SI Brochure

The Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (International Bureau of Weights and Measures) offers several versions of the 8th edition of their SI Brochure. Click on SI Brochure, below, to view the download page on the BIPM site. There, you can choose one of five versions.

SI Brochure           
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United States Flag Interpretation of the International System of Units for the United States

This is an official U.S. Government document, produced by NIST (National Institute for Standards and Technology). It was placed in the Federal Register on 1998-07-28. Click on the NIST logo to download it. Although it is only nine pages long and contains no illustrations, it is inexplicably 2.3 megabytes long. If you have a dial-up connection, be prepared for a 10 minute download time.

Download Interpretation of SI from NIST Web Site
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NIST/Metric Program Documents on Rules and Style Conventions

NIST (National Institute for Standards and Technology) has three documents dealing with this subject. One is the 86-page NIST Special Publication 811, which provides a complete description. Download time is under 2 minutes at 50 kbit/s. The second is a four-page author checklist and the third (two pages) deals with typefaces for symbols in scientific manuscripts. Click on the NIST logo above to the document you wish to download. See Guides to SI or NIST/Metric Program if you would like to view one or more of NIST's web sites.

  
Download NIST Special Publication 811
SP811
 Download NIST Checklist for Authors
Author
Checklist
Download NIST Document on Typefaces for Symbols in Scientific Manuscripts
Typefaces
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Swiss Flag ISO 8601 Standard for Date and Time Notation

The 1988 version of this standard was one of the very few no-charge documents available from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The size of the file is about 1 megabyte.

The current version (ISO 8601:2004) is available in hard copy form or for downloading from the ISO web site for 126 Swiss Francs (as of 2006-05-22). Click on the left ISO logo to download  the 1988 version, or on the right logo to visit the ISO 8601:2004 page on the ISO web site. The ISO web site will open in a new browser window.

Download ISO 8601 Document on Date and Time Notation
8601:1988
Visit ISO Web Site
8601:2004

 

For a summary of ISO 8601, see Date and Time Notation
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German Flag Legal Units in Germany

Germany's Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) is the equivalent of the United States' National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). To retrieve their 10-page document (from their web site), defining (in German) which units are legal in Germany, click on the document image. (Download time is about 10 seconds at 50 kbit/s.) To visit their very interesting and comprehensive web site (English version), click on the PTB logo. It will open in a new window.

PTB Document on German Legal Units             PTB Logo - Click here to view PTB web site.

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