What to use when "," can not be in a large number?

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  1. bwilson4web

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    I'm running into a problem with tables that uses "|" and "," to separate columns. But sometimes we want to display numbers to give a clue as to the size:
    1
    10
    100
    1,000
    10,000
    100,000
    1,000,000

    For example:
    100000 1000000
    100,000 1,000,000

    Both lines have the same numbers but the second one is much easier to tell the relative sizes.

    Candidates for one thousand (10**3) separators:
    1000 - nothing
    1.000 - period, ambiguous with fraction
    1 000 - blank, ambiguous with another number
    1;000 - semicolon
    1:000 - colon
    1`000 - reverse apostrophe
    1'000 - forward apostraphe

    Any thoughts?

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    Is this in Excel?
     
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    If it's just a "what do you prefer" question then I like the simple forward apostrophe. It does the job nicely.
     
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    1000 = 1K
    10,000 = 10K
    1,000,000 = 1M
    etcetera, etcetera, etcetera,...

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    Can you just use a space?
    1
    10
    100
    1 000
    10 000
    100 000
     
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    Are you programming in a 50 year old version of Cobol or Dbase ??
    Upgrade your software.
     
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    Is the formatting HTML ?
    Lots of (most?) languages have an 'escape' character, meaning the subsequent character is treated as a literal rather than a command.
     
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    The software is XenForo and the tables are what we have. Still, we have a winner:

    1'000'000
    10'000'000

    It is in effect a comma on the top.

    There is no ambiguity as it is typically used with angular notation, degrees, minutes, and seconds or to indicate feet. The three digits on the right are not found in angular notation or feet. Here is an example:

    Year Diesel car SUV Hybrid car SUV
    1 2013
    833'324​
    2'821'599​
    2 2012
    796'794​
    2'290'903​
    3 2011
    709'147​
    1'945'295​
    4 2010
    640'779​
    1'714'966​
    5
    6 2013-12
    +36'530​
    +530'696​
    7 %+/-
    +4.58%​
    +23.17%​
    8
    9 2013-10
    +192'545​
    +1'106'633​
    10 %+/-
    +30.05%​
    +64.53%​


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    That would not be my preference, but at most I am one vote :whistle:
    1 000 000 seems easier to read

    A quick google suggests that a backslash is the escape character
     
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    Sad to say but " " is well overloaded. If I or anyone else needed to take out the separator, a SPACE causes a lot of grief.

    It works in some languages but not in the table software we have available. An escape character would be nice.

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