In the clothing world there are many kinds of measure dimensions interchangeably used by manufacturers in different countries. In practice, it is even so bad that a measurement unit used by one producer, will give a larger or smaller section in the shop of another merchant. In other words: tangle of size indications and inconsistent use of units of measurement lead to much confusion for the buyer or consumer.
Mandatory European standard unit of measurement
The standard unit of measurement, to be best used universally, expressing the size of headgear, clothing and footwear, must be: the centimeter. This concerns multiple essential measurement spots on the human body that are critical to the proper fit of clothing or footwear, and other body-covering or body-support products. Labels should clearly state the units of measurement, therby indicating: which body part is involved; whether it is an inside or outside dimension; and if it concerns length, width or depth. Through consistent measurements on several points, the consumer will get (beforehand) a clear picture if the article, which he wants to buy, suits him/her well.
Labelling and publishing
All manufacturers, retailers and sellers need to indicate (with labels) how long/high or braod/deep their product is in centimeters (or fraction of cm). This labeling should be mentioned: on the inside or outside of the product, and on the packaging, and in any accompanying brochure or description. When publishing and advertising, ther should be a clear dsplay of dimensions with each product.
Maintaining statutory standards
All European countries need to adhere to the agreements regarding uniform sizing units. Consumers or interest groups must have the riight to initiate a judicial examination and to sue a store or manufacturer regarding forgery or sale of illegal products. Customs of European countries must refuse, fine or return imported products from other countries that do not meet the legal dimensions. If other measurements are used (such as XXL, XL, L, M, S), the importer must include a conversion table per separate article, in which the translation is made between these measure-units and the European standards.
Text size on labels and washing instructions.
The labels with size designations and/or washing instructions, must display text in a size that is printed large enough that the elderly or visually impaired can read the text as well (for example, 12 px).
Icons symbolizing washing instructions.
The washing instructions are usually expressed in the form of a "universal" language of symbols, such as minimalist forms of circles with stripes, or triangle etc. This functional description in the form of icons, must be examined by a university, to enhance the intuitive usability, so that everyone understands the meaning of this (or new) graphic symbols at a glance.
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