Re: latitude-longitude vs latitude/longitude

Subject: Re: latitude-longitude vs latitude/longitude
From: Anthony Davey <ant -at- ant-davey -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2003 11:29:29 +0100


Although neither Katheleen or Goober have specified it, they back my suggestion, if you have to use Latitute and Longitude rather than just "coordinates", can you use Lat/Long? I also, as a yottie, see the word coordinates as redundant if you use Lat/Long. This can only refer to geographical coordinates, as best I know.

And I'm with Goober on the slash, the hyphen or en-dash is wrong, as this isn't a range you are describing. Shortening to Lat/Long will also get rid of a lot of those annoying large blank spaces at the ends of lines.

Best regards,

techwrl-list-only -at- doitall -dot- com wrote:


I'm working on documentation that requires many references to latitude and
longitude coordinates. Although in theory I could consistently refer to
"latitude and longitude coordinates", we refer to them often, plus orally
people say it with no "and". The dominant style around here is to attempt to
write what people say in the form "latitude/longitude coordinates".

But I don't like the way the slash looks, especially in documents that
mention them VERY frequently. Also, it makes line wrapping weird since line
wrapping after a "/" looks ugly to me so it leaves ugly gaps sometimes when
it can barely not fit on a line in the document. A lose-lose situation.

Alternative: I've also seen it with a hyphen, such as "latitude-longitude
coordinates". But it's not as common. I think the hyphen version reads much
nicer. And it allows line wrapping between the two halves of the phrase seem
natural to my eyes. I like it. But I'll probably need to convince others.


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