Re: Digits separator

Subject: Re: Digits separator
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 04:13:30 -0400

Going out on a limb, I'll suggest that the reason for the style is to prepare all text for automatic translation into all foreign languages. A human translator with local knowledge would of course use the locally correct separator, and would almost equally well recognize the different separator of the original's locale. Presumably the perpetrators of the style guide assume computers could never get the separator correct.

I am reminded of the change to decimal currency in Britain in 1971 on the purported grounds that "computers are decimal and cannot handle shillings and pence."

On Wed, 19 Mar 2014 02:24:38 -0400, Haim Roman <haim -dot- roman -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

no, it's supposed to be the space. Again (according to this style guide),
both period & comma are reserved for the decimal point, because some
countries use a period & others a comma.
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References:
Digits separator: From: Haim Roman
Re: Digits separator: From: Keith Hood
Re: Digits separator: From: Haim Roman

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