I am creating a form for web, and the word Length is being again and again e.g Sleeve Length, Leg Length, Inner Leg Length. Making everything a bit too long. According to this website, the LEN is used for telecom industry and doesn't say what abbreviation can be used for Length in garment business.

  • And, I suppose if you write L'gth, if you include the apostrophe, you only reduce it by one character. Can't you write *length" at the top, and use ditto marks?
    – WS2
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 8:55
  • L`gth isn't gonna be good i suppose, for the second option, can you depict or give me a example?
    – localhost
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 9:00
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    Clarity is more important, so keep "length" "length".
    – NVZ
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 9:06
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    Personally, I don't see why len is not OK. An abbreviation is an abbreviation. But @NVZ is right that an abbreviation which does not obscure clarity is important; if there isn't one (and you feel len is inappropriate despite its use elsewhere) then it's best not to use one.
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 9:44
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    @Lawrence sorry forgot to mention the ink. I have updated my question with link.
    – localhost
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 9:47

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As mentioned in @jejorda2's comment, if there is a common heading saying e.g. Enter your measurements, then length seems implicit, so the following should suffice:

Inner Leg

Or maybe even:

Sleeve (cm)
Leg (cm)
Inner Leg (cm)

By the way, you could use tooltips over each label for a 'wordier' version e.g. "Length of ...".

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