RE: Mixing numbers and words in the same sentence

Subject: RE: Mixing numbers and words in the same sentence
From: "Ackerson, Allan" <aackerson -at- logicon -dot- com>
To: John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 1999 05:16:08 -0800

I quote from the Government Printing Office Style Manual (and who should
know better than our gubmint?):

12.4 A figure is used for a single number of 10 or more with the exception
of the first word of a sentence.
12.5 When 2 or more numbers appear in a sentenence and 1 of them is 10 or
more, figures are used for each number.
12.6 A unit of measurement, time, or money is always expressed in figures
and does not affect the use of figures for other numerical expressions
within a sentence.

-----Original Message-----
From: John Posada [mailto:jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 1999 11:49 AM
Subject: Mixing numbers and words in the same sentence

Hi, guys...I'm working on a help system and I've
written one of the lines of instruction as follows:

"Note: You can change the default display from 4
images to 9 or 16 images by selecting "Image Display
Options" from the menu bar."

One of the developers is wearing his tech writer hat
and is mumbling that the numbers 4 and 9 should be
written as words:

"Note: You can change the default display from four
images to nine or 16 images by selecting "Image
Display Options" from the menu bar."

I want to tell him to go back to his little cubicle
and leave me alone, but before I do, I want your

BTW...I'm aware of the "rule" that words under 10
should be written out, but I cannot justify in my
mind, mixing convention in the same sentence and my
CMS in my other office.

John Posada, Merck Research Laboratories
Sr Technical Writer, WinHelp and html
(work) john_posada -at- merck -dot- com - 732-594-0873
(pers) jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com - 732-291-7811
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