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A '''billion''' is a thousand million (American style), not a million million (Commonwealth style).
 
A '''billion''' is a thousand million (American style), not a million million (Commonwealth style).
  
==Consitency==
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==Consistency==
  
When talking about the cost of an item in a country, stick to that countries currency.  '''Do not switch between currencies.''' Doing so causes confusion and frustration.  If you only know the price in dollars or euros, go to a currency conversion site and convert the number. Round off to nearest whole unit.
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When talking about the cost of an item in a country, stick to that country's currency.  '''Do not switch between currencies.''' Doing so causes confusion and frustration.  If you only know the price in dollars or euros, go to a currency conversion site and convert the number. Round off to nearest whole unit.
  
 
Example:
 
Example:
  
Wrong:
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'''Do not use'''
  
You can purchase a gift for 100 INR. The taxis cost $50.
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You can purchase a gift for Rs. 100. A taxi ride costs $10.
  
Right:
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'''Use''
  
You can purchase a gift for 100 INR. The taxis cost 2000 INR.
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You can purchase a gift for Rs. 100. A taxi ride Rs. 450.

Revision as of 22:55, 3 March 2006

There are many different currencies in the world. In order to ensure consistency, certain style codes should be recognized.

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Currency symbols

Prices should be listed with the currency symbol that travellers will encounter, specifically the local formatting. Travellers should be able to assume that symbols used for multiple currencies (like $ pr £) apply to the local currency.

Unless prefixing is common, don't use a prefix for local currencies. For example:

  • $100 in Detroit , not US$100 or 100 USD or 100 dollars
  • $100 in Vancouver, not CAD$100 or 100 CAD or 100 dollars
  • £100 in London, not 100 GBP or UK£100 or 100 pounds
  • €100 in Paris, not EUR 100 or 100 EUR or 100 euros

Decimal

Use a "." to mark decimals, and use a "," to separate thousands groups.

  • Right: $100,000,000.00
  • Wrong: $1000000000,00
  • Wrong: $1000000000.00
  • Wrong: $100 000 000.00

Number words

A billion is a thousand million (American style), not a million million (Commonwealth style).

Consistency

When talking about the cost of an item in a country, stick to that country's currency. Do not switch between currencies. Doing so causes confusion and frustration. If you only know the price in dollars or euros, go to a currency conversion site and convert the number. Round off to nearest whole unit.

Example:

Do not use

You can purchase a gift for Rs. 100. A taxi ride costs $10.

'Use

You can purchase a gift for Rs. 100. A taxi ride Rs. 450.

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