Re: Write out numbers -- or not?

Subject: Re: Write out numbers -- or not?
From: linda_sims -at- vanguard -dot- com
To: " TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2007 12:18:31 -0400

I wrote on 04/05/2007 11:38:05 AM:

> That's a rule that works well for things like business
> reports/correspondence or school papers (and school is where we all
> learned it).
> When you're dealing with technical information, however, it's usually
> to stick to arabic numerals because they are easily and quickly
> recognizable as numbers. In your place, I'd change both "three"s to "3",

> and I'd put a comma between "3" and "50-lb" so that it's obvious you're
> not talking about a 350-lb bag of acid per batch.

I should add that I'd replace "three" with "3" only if there's an
insistence on having everything utterly consistent (and we all know what's
said about a foolish consistency). The way Brigitte worded it originally
seems pretty clear to me and, as Kevin said, it avoids possible confusion
when talking about the number of 50-lb bags. Clarity trumps consistency.

Lin Sims
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