From: Jukka K. Korpela (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Sep 14 2005 - 03:56:43 CDT
On Wed, 14 Sep 2005, Antoine Leca wrote:
> On Tuesday, September 13th, 2005 14:07Z Elliotte Harold wrote:
>> Does anyone happen to know of a locale where these two
>> values are different?
> Here in Spain, sometimes a quote ' is used as separator.
I wonder if that means the ASCII apostrophe, or the right single quotation
mark, or something else. Using anything like that as a monetary
decimal separator is interesting, since it conflicts with the convention
(applied elsewhere for numbers > 999 in general) of using such a character
as thousands separator. It's a confusion comparable to the two uses of
"." and "," in numbers.
> The normal
> ("official") is the comma, so it is definitively "colloquial" use
I think it is rather common to use _some_ character different from the
normal decimal separator as a monetary decimal separator, in "colloquial"
use (informal language), and previously in formal language too. When I was
young, it was not uncommon to see monetary amounts in the style "2:45"
but numbers in general in the style "2,45". I guess such practices have
become less common, as the euro has been introduced. I don't think I've
often seen "2:45 euros" or anything like that.
I was somewhat surprised at seeing an _official_ practice of using a
monetary decimal separator different from decimal separator described and
recommended in a rather new document: The Swedish recommendations to
public administration, or "Myndigheternas skrivregler", issued in November
2004, recommend the use of ":" as a decimal separator (though they
mention, in parentheses, the use of "," as well). They can be found via
the intro page http://www.regeringen.se/sb/d/253/a/33329
and rules are in clause 9.5 Penningbelopp, at
(The rule is formulated in terms of the crown, "krona", and its
hundredths, "ören", but there is nothing there that says that other
currencies should be presented differently.)
-- Jukka "Yucca" Korpela, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/
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