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Show Numbers as Numerals When Writing for Online Readers

 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 3:13 pm    Post subject: Show Numbers as Numerals When Writing for Online Readers Reply with quote

http://www.useit.com/alertbox/writing-numbers.html

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It's better to use "23" than "twenty-three" to catch users' eyes when they scan Web pages for facts, according to eyetracking data.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can add one small piece of anecdotal evidence.

For years now, I've been aware of what I'm doing when
I'm scanning a newspaper article. I'm looking for
numbers and for quotation marks. I've saved a lot
of time on reading possibly interesting, but in fact,
boring articles this way.

I don't think I do the same thing online. I'm not entirely
sure why that is, but Marshall McLuhan probably has a
clue: I'm more immersed in the screen. But I don't
enjoy reading online. I'd much rather read a printout.
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