# Ground floor: 1

Via Postbubble I came across standpedia. It is provided by the same team who developed standpoint.

I've just had a play with standpedia and I like it.

Rather than try to explain what it does, here is a pic of what I created at standpedia:

Got it? Like wikis, anyone (that has registered) can edit.

The above is far as I got. Will I go back again? I don't know...but - on the question:

Do you think is makes sense that the ground floor is known as '1'?

In Europe (I include the UK in that definition) the ground floor is 0. I think that makes sense.

(While waiting for meeting to start yesterday I passed the time by randomly externalizing the same thought. Helpfully, a colleague quipped "Yeah, I made the same observation when I was a child, and I got over it.")

What do you think? Feel free to comment your views and supporting arguments. I'll have a go at documenting on standpedia and see how it develops...

Or you can add them yourself here.

(PS: you need to double click on the boxes to expand out - it's all the Ajax Flash rage, don't you know!...)

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1. Lauren Smith says:

Zeroth floor?  What are we?  Heathens?

Imagine you had an array.  You arbitrarily set your origin at some offset from zero and consider that point to be zero.  The zeroth item is the FIRST item.  The zero-1th item is the -1th item.  There is no item that is labelled zero.  Zero is just a place holder for the first item.

Starting counting from the "first floor" makes sense, and since the second floor follows the first floor, it should be directly above the first.  (duh).  In summary, the ground floor is just an alias to the first floor.  Therefore the elevator buttons should either be { G, 2, 3, etc. } or { 1, 2, 3, etc. }.  { G, 1, 2, 3, etc. } is an abomination.

I just got a wad of paper thrown at my head by an English co-worker.

2. Danny says:

Obviously a source of confusion, and no matter what you do there will be problems in labelling floors below ground (does everyone understand negative numbers?).

So I suggest numbering from the top down. So the ground floor of a 3-storey building would be labelled ‘3’. I wonder which standards org looks after these things…

3. AlfredTh says:

Let’s say you have some items. If the first item is called zero what is no items called? Floor numbers are used for counting. A floor zero is not logical.

4. AlfredTh says:

By the way array indexes should start at one for the same reason. If you want a zero element it should be used for some special purpose like holding meta data.

5. Kevin Burton says:

Wow… cool.

I wanted to create a graph like this in 2003 before the US invaded Iraq to justify that the  decision was illogical and based on circular logic.

Republicans (neocons especially) seem prone to being confused by deep circular logic.

Now with planpedia I could create an explanation about why the war in Iraq is based on a lie.

W00t!

Kevin

6. Kevin Burton says:

Er…. I mean standpedia… not planpedia… ouch.

7. MSDNArchive says:

planpedia….i like it!