Re: Write out numbers -- or not?

Subject: Re: Write out numbers -- or not?
From: Janice Gelb <janice -dot- gelb -at- sun -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 06 Apr 2007 07:19:07 +1000

Brigitte Johnston wrote:
> When to spell out and when not to? Or, use all numbers? I find it
> difficult to "pull out" the important items (like 6 to 7 batches per
> shift) if they're spelled out, and I've read that, in technical reports
> like these, it's best to just use the numbers. What would you do?

I concur with other people that a style guide is
useful for standards questions like this and urge
you to develop one.

As for your substantive question, our style guide
says the following:

Use a numeral in these cases:

* The number is part of a measurement

* The number is of the same type and appears in
the same sentence, paragraph, or bulleted list
as a number of 10 or greater

-- Janice

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