[texhax] Units in technical writing

seelenhirt seelenhirt at gmx.net
Thu Dec 29 02:37:40 CET 2011

Hi Gordon

> 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.

The easy way is to use \, for the space and \text for units e.g.
$1\,\text{W}$. There are some packages for typesetting units. Have a
look at siunitx. 


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