What's 1 to do?

Subject: What's 1 to do?
From: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 20:47:31 -0400

I've observed an alarming tendency for the numbers 0 through 10 to be
presented as digits, rather than as written-out numbers. Stylebooks (AP
is the one I remember best without looking anything up) invariably
recommended not using digits for those small numbers except when
appropriate, as in scientific work. Now as I read articles on the web,
supposedly professionally written, I come across lonesome digits in what
feels like 2 out of every 5 cases. It looks stupid to me. Have the rules
changed while I wasn't looking?

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