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Old 11-15-2007, 09:45 AM   #2
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I think it depends what you're doing.

I generally measure page sizes and margins in mm but set InDesign's ruler to mm in the horizontal direction and points in the vertical direction.

When I'm doing picture framing (now my main occupation in terms of days/week) I measure picture sizes and frame size in mm except when I measure in inches. Sometimes I find it convenient to measure a length as, say, 37 inches and 3 mm (which seems so much easier than counting 32nd-of-an-inch marks on the rule).

When buying materials in the UK we are quite familiar with mixed measurements. MDF sheeting comes in sheets 4 foot by 8 foot in thicknesses of 19 or 25 mm, for example.

Horses for courses, as they say.

Though, of course, horses are measured in hands -- unless you're mesuring them for a turnout rug in which case they're measured in inches.


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