In the application I am working on there is many units of measurement. The units of measurement refer to the quantity or amount of items you have in your list. On one list a user could have one item that is in millimeters and another in Square Centimeters. There are about 20 different types of units that can be used on different items within the system.
I was wondering if it would be clearer to the user to write out the entire unit of measure for example pounds vs lbs. or centimeters vs cm. There are some units of measure in the system that are universal and recognizable to users. However, there are other ones like a dozen, pallet, yards etc. that have less universal abbreviations and would be completely unrecognizable to users.
Would it be best to use the ones that are recognizable abbreviations and use the full label for the ones that are not? Or do I stay consistent and use the full labels for all of the units of measure?