Comments were received on A01 ballot items that suggested improvements in table format of ballot items that introduced excessive line wrap, making the tables sometimes difficult to read. Some of this problem occurs because of the translation from the ASTM publishing program when ASTM develops Word versions of standards for volunteers to use when preparing ballots. But some of it is permanent and occurs in our published documents. Most of this permanent problem is created by the requirement in A994, paragraph 18.104.22.168, which requires that the names of the elements be spelled out. The problem occurs primarily when the elements are column headings, as in A335, and does not occur when the elements are row headings, as in A336. However, when elements are listed in the Other column, we have no compunction against using the chemical symbol. While A994 is a guideline, and therefore not really mandatory, it is treated it as mandatory by many. This action revises A994, 22.214.171.124, to recommend using chemical symbols for elements in tables, instead of spelling out their names. A protocol for how to treat niobium, Cb, is also included.
KeywordsStainless steel; Form of product specifications; Product analysis specifications/tolerances; Editorial procedures;
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