[Scribus] Typography: numbers

Christoph Schäfer christoph-schaefer
Wed Apr 6 23:19:06 CEST 2005

> Hi Christoph,
> at least for the German users, I read from the latest DIN 5008 that it 
> is definitely "allowed" to write 10.000 OR 10 000 up to taste.
> Got this info from working at office's April issue. They had it in 
> connection with currency, however, i. e. 10.000,00 EUR or 10 000,00 EUR.
> Anyway, these are just recommendations, and as far as I know, in normal 
> thinking countries (i. e. countries != Germany) they are taken for that :-)
> Rolf

Hi Rolf,

the problem in Germany is, that the "rules" (better: guidelines) for 
offices and businesses on the one hand and for the "black art" on the 
other are different. I found the 1000/10 000 "rule" in some typography 
manuals (a DIN doesn't care about aesthetics).

I didn't know them before and no one ever complained. But I have to say 
that numbers in a text which is supposed to be read (book, magazine) 
really look better in typographical style. I think if you're in DTP, 
people expect you to make a difference and they want a result which 
looks better than something written by a clerk with a certain word 
processing software.


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