Re: Use fully-spelled numbers

Subject: Re: Use fully-spelled numbers
From: Sandy Harris <sandyinchina -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2013 21:51:36 -0500

On Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 8:43 PM, Liu, Peter <PLiu -at- geico -dot- com> wrote:
> Under what condition would you use fully spelled numbers (eg. Nine instead of 9)? One developer always change all the numbers to letters. I found it harder to recognize and read than the real numbers but wonder what is the proper way of using the numbers?

The rule I was taught in high school (Canada, 1960s) was that any
number under 100 should be spelled out. I never did that, except
to humour the teacher, but I'd absolutely spell out any one-digit
number except in expressions like 8-bit, and some larger numbers.
Editing, I'd change 9 to nine without even having to think about
which was correct.
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