No standards in dimensions

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  1. MaCk0y

    MaCk0y Master Guru

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    Rant activated. Why is there no standardisation in product dimensions?
    1. Cannot even agree on the 3 dimensions names. You've got the Length and Width that everyone agrees* upon. Then you have either height or depth. Maybe it depends on the type of product. But even for the same type of products, both are used.
    2. *Everyone uses length and width BUT some refer to the width as the length and others refer to the length as the width. :mad:
    3. When the denomination of the dimensions is not listed (L,W,H/D). Have to spend time to figure out which measurements are for which dimensions because again there is no standard in the order of the dimensions. If there was, the letters wouldn't be needed.
    4. When not even the same manufacturer sticks to one standard and makes it more time consuming to compare their own products. :mad:
    Rant deactivated. Anyone else feels the same? Or am I doing this all wrong? :D
     
  2. jbscotchman

    jbscotchman Ancient Guru

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    I've always used the terms tall and wide. Example: How tall is it? How wide is it?
     
  3. anticupidon

    anticupidon Ancient Guru

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    Having some AutoCAD background, those things you mentioned just have to be standardised. And yes, you are not the only one having this problem.
    But people being people, will care less and say whatever.
     
  4. The Laughing Ma

    The Laughing Ma Ancient Guru

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    I just recently read this

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    The later parts of the book changed my thoughts about how or what exact measurements and their descriptors actually mean.
     

  5. airbud7

    airbud7 Ancient Guru

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    Length, Width and Thickness....

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    Tat3 Ancient Guru

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    And the worst part? Not using metric system to give those measurements.
     
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    airbud7 Ancient Guru

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    here in the states we must learn both..."gallon of milk and 2 liter Coke" ..."1/2 inch wrench or 13 mm wrench"...should I get a quart of whiskey or a liter? confusing I tell ya...Grrrrr....:D
     
  8. fantaskarsef

    fantaskarsef Ancient Guru

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    Fixed it for you, and suddenly you know the answer :D

    Here it's usually length, width, height, but it's true, this is a highly contextual thing
     
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    airbud7 Ancient Guru

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    Nooo!...its length, width, and how tall is it!.....:D

    ie: how tall is Tom Cruise?...:p
     
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  10. Loobyluggs

    Loobyluggs Ancient Guru

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    I have always said:

    Length, Breadth and Height - with all beginnings of measurement at the left side as looking at it.

    So, Length = left front to left back
    Breadth = Left front to right front
    Height = Left front base to left front peak

    This is assuming the object is a cuboid of some kind.
     
  11. HeavyHemi

    HeavyHemi Ancient Guru

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    Dimensions are referenced from facing the product. For a box like object, width is the side to side dimension. Length is more commonly used on an object that is primarily elongated on one axis, like a pole or a rope. Regardless of which is used length and width are the only two that are some what interchangeable but their use should not be that confusing. When I order a curtain rod, even though it comes in a box, I prefer the measurement of the rod be listed as length, to fit the width of the window. :p
     

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