Re: Use fully-spelled numbers

Subject: Re: Use fully-spelled numbers
From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2013 10:03:37 -0800

On 2/7/2013 5:43 PM, Liu, Peter 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?

It depends on your style guide. One style guide I used had these rules. If the number begins a sentence, then spell it out, unless it is a figure or it is part of an identifier or name like, "50 cent." Spell-out all numbers that are twenty or less, unless they are figures.

Other styles.

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