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Hello, Avi8tor ![edit]

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Hello! I just came across your user page. Wow, you traveled a lot! We would love to see your contributions on Wikitravel! Please share your knowledge with other travelers in this community. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask me. Warm regards, IBAlex (talk) 15:23, 7 March 2014 (EST)

Thanks. I'm going to contribute with current data as I travel and find more information. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Avi8tor (talkcontribs) • 23:05, 13 April 2014 (UTC)‎

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I assume that you are used to US-centric manuals of styles and editing at Wikipedia. Ours is slightly different.

For example, we prefer not use spaces (even if they are non-breaking spaces) between the amount and its unit and US English should not be used in South African articles if you know enough to use South African English spelling and idioms - if not, don't worry, just add good content and hopefully someone will be along later to do the copyediting. --Ttcf (talk) 05:29, 20 April 2014 (EDT)

This is actually an ISO standard as explained at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_31-0 If you don't use it then I assume it's your preference and not that of Wikipedia or Wiki Travels. I actually live in France. Avi8tor (talk) 05:36, 20 April 2014 (EDT)
There is a lot to learn here and I suggest that you click on the blue links in my edit summaries to find out our particular foibles.
ISO standards are always a good starting point to begin a discussion, but sometimes they are not suitable for our purposes - for example they are silent about whether the three letter currency codes should go before or after the amount and equivocate on what the radix should be.
Just one reason we don't prefer to use non-breaking spaces) between the amount and its unit is that we don't want to intimidate newbies like yourself with HTML.
We're not unique in this though - take a look at the Style Guide of the Economist for example. http://www.economist.com/style-guide/abbreviations is the part that deals with Abbreviations... --Ttcf (talk) 06:11, 20 April 2014 (EDT)

The world needs standards because everyone has their own ideas, ISO is a consensus ironed out by many people which is why I support it. South Africa is one of the few English Speaking countries (I realise there are other languages in SA) that uses a space to separate digits instead of a comma, this is also an ISO standard, even adopted in the USA, it's just not well known elsewhere except Europe. If ISO does not address an issue it means they allow local standards, like where to place the currency symbol, before or after the amount. The same with spelling, it follows local standards. I don't use US centric styles, so i don't know where you got that from. Avi8tor (talk) 08:52, 20 April 2014 (EDT)

One other point when re reading your comments. Some of the most innumerate people on the planet are journalists, their style guides are terrible. Look at the AP style guide which list kph as acceptable instead of the correct km/h. Avi8tor (talk) 08:55, 20 April 2014 (EDT)

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