RE: one vs 1

Subject: RE: one vs 1
From: Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: <dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2009 11:32:36 -0400

> I've written a brochure for a company to distribute to their employees.
> I am in somewhat of a dilemma: Corrections have been returned and they would
> like all numbers to be printed as numbers (1 not one).
> However, the RULES of writing say to spell out all numbers less than 10.

It is not a RULE. It is a style issue. Most style guides agree with your would-be rule, but style guides are *guides* rather than rule books. Some style decisions make good sense, and some are arbitrary and even capricious. But unless the PHBs are willing to listen to reason and logic and readability studies, it's still their decision to make on whatever basis they want.

-Fred Ridder


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