Re: Monetary decimal separators

From: Jukka K. Korpela (
Date: Wed Sep 14 2005 - 03:56:43 CDT

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    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
    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,

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