Naming and Terminology

Naming and Terminology #

Terms #

  • Unit: A unit of measurement.
  • Value: A quantity measured with a unit.
  • Field: A measurement of a value. A field and a column in spreadsheet can be considered equivalent.

Field naming #

Field names use what’s commonly called snake_case. snake_case names should be lowercase and have words separated by underscores (the _ symbol).

Fields should ideally never abbreviations and should strive to be descriptive.



  • distance - in cases where the unit is defined in a standard such as this
  • distance_meters


  • Distance_Meters
  • distance meters
  • Distance Meters
  • DistanceMeters
  • distanceMeters
  • distM
  • dist_m
  • distance_m
  • dist
  • dist_meters