## Re: punctuation et al. rules

Subject: Re: punctuation et al. rules
From: Lin Sims <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:51:03 -0500

If we were doing that for all units of measurement, I wouldn't have an
issue. But it's ONLY for the units represented by a single letter; that is
to say, it would be 3L whether noun or adjective, but 3 mL for the noun or
3-mL for the adjective. I hate the inconsistency, and I don't understand
(because we're not consulted, just told) the reasoning behind it.

Possible line breakage is what hard spaces are used for. :)

On Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 8:41 AM, Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
wrote:

> Indeed, the use of L instead of (lower-case) l, to avoid confusion with
> "1" (one) is a specific exception called out in the instructions for the
> use of SI abbreviations. Here is a reference:
> http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/64237.html
>
> When using handwriting I tend to use the "cursive" form of the lower-case
> L to avoid ambiguity.
>
> Personally I prefer the units be separated from the numeric value by a
> space, but the argument for connecting them includes avoiding the problem
> of accidental separation over a line break, viz. 3
> mL
>
> where 3mL would not ever get split.
>
>
> On Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:53:38 -0500, Syed Zaeem Hosain <
> Syed -dot- Hosain -at- aeris -dot- net> wrote:
>
> Hmmm ...
>>
>> To handle this situation you mention, I capitalize the 'L' ... i.e., show
>> it as "1L". I have also used "mL" to represent milli-liters rather than
>> "ml".
>>
>> I.e., the comment inre "Liters" shortened to 'L' here:
>> https://www.mathsisfun.com/measure/metric-volume.html seems right to me
>> (space or no space).
>>
>> Z
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
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>> Peter Neilson
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>> Subject: Re: punctuation et al. rules
>>
>> So a one-liter flask is a 1l flask? Sure looks like eleven to me. (I'm
>> using Courier right now.)
>>
>> On Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:09:25 -0500, Lin Sims <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
>>
>>> Would you believe, my current company has updated its corporate style
>>> guide so that if the unit is represented by a single-letter
>>> abbreviation (as in V for volt, or Î for ohms, we don't have a space
>>> between the number and the unit no matter whether it's a noun or a
>>>
>>> <shudder>
>>>
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References:
punctuation et al. rules: From: Ken Poshedly
Re: punctuation et al. rules: From: Robert Lauriston
RE: punctuation et al. rules: From: Annette Reilly
Re: punctuation et al. rules: From: Tony Chung
Re: punctuation et al. rules: From: Ken Poshedly
Re: punctuation et al. rules: From: Lin Sims
Re: punctuation et al. rules: From: Ken Poshedly
RE: punctuation et al. rules: From: Cardimon, Craig
Re: punctuation et al. rules: From: Robert Lauriston
Re: punctuation et al. rules: From: Lin Sims
Re: punctuation et al. rules: From: Peter Neilson
RE: punctuation et al. rules: From: Syed Zaeem Hosain
Re: punctuation et al. rules: From: Peter Neilson

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