[texhax] Units in technical writing

Robert Wilson millstadtf at gmail.com
Thu Dec 29 01:04:28 CET 2011

I'd like to ask a related question on what is the appropriate way to
typeset units. Italic? Space between number and unit? I've never been
able to find an authoritative style guide.


On Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 3:56 PM, Gordon Haverland
<ghaverla at materialisations.com> wrote:
> Lately, I've been lazy and writing things like $3 mSv/a$ in LaTeX.
> And LaTeX ignores the space between the number and the unit.
> I have no problems with numbers with units being in math italic,
> or even writing chemistry in math mode and having chemical
> formulae in math italic.  But if one is introducing units, the
> introduction often doesn't have numbers to it (W = J / s), and
> sometimes one forgets to put everything in math mode.
> I'm in the habit of \usepackage{isotope} now.  Is there a similar
> package which allows for nicely typesetting values with units
> (possibly with error estimates)?
> I hope everyone had a good Christmas.
> --
> Thanks.
> Gord
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