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Decimal 'point' vs decimal 'comma'

Posted by James Briggs on August 23, 2004

This is also a bit off topic, but is does seem to refelect a difference (another one!) between the English speaking and the rest of the world. In the English speaking part there is an overwhelming use of a 'point' as a decimal separator. Likewise, a 'comma' is used as a thousands separator. In most, if not all, of the rest of the world it's round the other way. Why? Any idea of the background? This situation has
'worried' me for years!