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Subject:Re: one vs 1 From:Janice Gelb <Janice -dot- Gelb -at- Sun -dot- COM> To:TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Wed, 30 Sep 2009 12:34:20 +1000
> 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.
> In most cases, it is appropriate to spell out numbers one through ten,
> however, in scientific, math-oriented, or quantity-focused documents,
> written numerals may be easier to read.
Our basic rules are as follows:
0 through 9: Spell out, even in tables.
Use a numeral in these cases:
* The number is part of a measurement.
For example, "3 MIPS"
* The number is used in an approved standard.
For example, "layer 6 of the ISO reference model"
* The number is of the same type and appears in the
same sentence, paragraph, or bulleted list as a
number of 10 or greater.
For example, "The menu offers 11 options, but
you use only 4 options."
* The number is a unit of measure
However, note that for units of time, numerals should
still be spelled out from zero through nine except for
a unit of time smaller than one second.
For example, "five minutes," 24 hours," "5 milliseconds"
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