Office of the Chair| Discretionary Edits from the Chair’s Office
I, as Chair of the Assembly, present to you a compilation of proposed discretionary edits. Notably, we don’t have a consistent style for numbers; and titles and sub-titles of laws haven’t been centred, which is non-compliant with the Law Standards Act. If you know of anything else that needs to be corrected, please let me know as well.
The Discretionary Edit Law
Inconsistent Use of Numerals v. Spelling
Many laws use numbers spelled-out or use a numeral, and there is very little consistency I can see to this. A good example is Article 5 of the Elections Act:
I’d like to hear from legislators on the preferred method of representing numbers, namely: spelled-out (twenty-four), numerical (24), or both (<10 spelled-out; >10 numerical).
I’d generally agree with this — from some quick internet searches, it seems like different style guides have different cut-offs but spelling out numbers nine and below seems like fairly standard practice. For instance, here’s what the US government’s Government Publishing Office Style Manual has to say:
12.4 A figure is used for a single number of 10 or more with the exception of the first word of the sentence. (See also rules 12.9 and 12.23.)
Integers from zero to nine are spelled out in words.
Integers greater than nine expressible in one or two words may be expressed either in numerals or in words (16 or sixteen, 84 or eighty-four, 200 or two hundred). When written as words, integers from 21 to 99 that are not multiples of 10 are hyphenated (including when part of a larger number): fifty-six and fifty-six thousand but five hundred and five thousand are not.