Re: Expensive punctuation

Subject: Re: Expensive punctuation
From: Carma C Allen <ccallen -at- BECKMAN -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 1999 11:25:23 -0800

>Comma is definitely used to mark decimal point. This goes for (at least)
Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland. And it _is_ universal and consistent
these countries. The problem comes when writing in a foreign (english)
language in these
countries: should we exchange all commas to points => requires some extra
effort in both time and money. In body text the exchange comes naturally,
but what when you have a table with a heading row and then only numbers...?

We handle this problem in our publications (English-language origin,
multi-country distribution) by using spaces as thousands separators in both
text and tables - that is, fifteen thousand two hundred rpm (revolutions
per minute) would be 15 200 rpm.

ccallen -at- beckman -dot- com

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