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Old 13th February 2006, 05:00 PM
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Question Fit, form, and function - Origin and defintion of fit, form, and function

Hello:

Does anyone know the origin / history of the phrase "fit, form and function?"

Also, what are the definitions of each term?

Thank you, Dirk

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Old 13th February 2006, 05:02 PM
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Hello:

Does anyone know the origin / history of the phrase "fit, form and function?"

Also, what are the definitions of each term?

Thank you, Dirk
I believe it is from military configuration control.
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Old 13th February 2006, 05:12 PM
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From MIL-STD-973, CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT
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3.45 Fit. The ability of an item to physically interface or interconnect with or become an integral part of another item.

3.46 Form. The shape, size, dimensions, mass, weight, and other visual parameters which uniquely characterize an item. For software, form denotes the language and media.

3.47 Function. The action or actions which an item is designed to perform.
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Old 13th February 2006, 05:16 PM
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Good job Al, I have heard of this and used the phrase, but never saw the actual source.
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Old 14th February 2006, 03:20 PM
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Wow!

Hello Al:

Aren't you a wealth of knowledge?!?! Thank you very much. This is great. Just what I needed.

Thank you,

Dirk
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Old 14th February 2006, 03:38 PM
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Hello Al:

Aren't you a wealth of knowledge?!?! Thank you very much. This is great. Just what I needed.

Thank you,

Dirk
Good ol' Al .

It should be noted thought that the MIL standard quoted is certainly not the origin of the three "F's," and that will probably have to remain a mystery, although it's a good bet that the origin was military.

Also, the definition given for "form"
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The shape, size, dimensions, mass, weight, and other visual parameters which uniquely characterize an item.
is confused and imprecise; "weight" and "mass" aren't "visual parameters," and the word "uniquely" is misplaced. It's possible for an object to have identical "form" characteristics, but different functions and different fit requirements. My American Heritage Dictionary gives a simpler and more accurate definition for this context: The shape and structure of an object.
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Hello Al:

Aren't you a wealth of knowledge?!?!
Mostly trivial.
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Thank you very much. This is great. Just what I needed.

Thank you,

Dirk
Your welcome.
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Al & Jim,

thanx for the info.

you really are, a wealth of info>>>>>>>>>

shesha
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