Re: one vs 1

Subject: Re: one vs 1
From: quills -at- airmail -dot- net
To: Deborah Hemstreet <dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2009 11:01:57 -0500

That we need smarter readers?

In truth there is a reason to use written numerals for ten and below.
That is the flow and comprehension for reading. Also, 1 can be misread
as I or l. Clarity of meaning is the reason for spelling out the numbers
less than ten, and using numbers for the those greater than ten.

Just because someone in marketing wants to do it with all numbers
doesn't make it correct or more readable.


Deborah Hemstreet wrote:
> Hi All,
> 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.
> When writing a statement such as: "There is a one week waiting period (seven
> consecutive calendar days)"... I have to be honest, I believe the target
> audience will absorb the information better as: "There is a 1 week waiting
> period (7 consecutive calendar days)"...
> What do you think?


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