Bug 51059 - Formatting: Allow Thin Space as alternative thousands separator for all languages
Summary: Formatting: Allow Thin Space as alternative thousands separator for all langu...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Localization (show other bugs)
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Inherited From OOo
Hardware: Other All
: lowest enhancement
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Blocks: Number-Format User-Locale
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Reported: 2012-06-13 22:33 UTC by Rainer Bielefeld Retired
Modified: 2018-08-31 09:06 UTC (History)
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Description Rainer Bielefeld Retired 2012-06-13 22:33:50 UTC
As far as as I know it's a general international recommendation to use a Thin space as thousands separator, also see
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal_mark#Digit_grouping>
"for numbers with many digits the digits may be divided into groups of three by a thin space, in order to facilitate reading. Neither dots nor commas are inserted in the spaces between groups of three".

LibO should allow th use a thin space alternatively to different localization related digit group separators.

Activation in CALC could be by an additional checkbox in Menu 'Format -> Cells -> Numbers'.
In Writer a similar checkbox in the 'Tabe -> Number Format' dialog would be appropriate.

I can't tell whether other formatting dialogs have to be considered.
Comment 1 Joel Madero 2012-06-15 11:25:03 UTC
Making this NEW as it's confirmed and setting to lowest enhancement for priority. I may take this one in the coming weeks but until then if someone has the time, shouldn't take too long to do.
Comment 2 m.a.riosv 2015-10-11 22:52:11 UTC
From a recent question in the Spanish Ask (https://ask.libreoffice.org/es/question/58628/espacio-fino-no-separable/) I have ended on the Institutional Style guide for the European Union
 http://publications.europa.eu/code/en/en-000100.htm, 
inside it specifically on the http://publications.europa.eu/code/en/en-360500.htm

In the Spanish version of the 6.5 page figure "thin space" not only space. I think in relation with the "The International System of Units (SI)"
http://www.bipm.org/en/publications/si-brochure/section5-3-4.html
where the use of thin space is indicated.

There is a NARROW NON-BREAK SPACE (Decimal:  8239, Hex: 202F) in the "General punctuation" subset of the fonts (http://www.alanwood.net/unicode/general_punctuation.html), that could be a good candidate for use as thin space.

Being defined in "The International System of Units (SI)" maybe an option, could be, to have it as a selectable common type for all languages. 

Being on the international rules, perhaps a chance to go a step ahead.

Could or should it be taken into consideration?

Miguel Ángel.
Comment 3 Thomas Lendo 2018-08-29 09:04:39 UTC
This thousands separator in the different numbers dialogs should respect the font/cell language as every language has a different default separator recommendation.

If the user doesn't want use this recommended separator for a cell or a style, an 'Edit' button to the right of the thousands separator option should be offered where the user can edit the separator. Every character and special character and other official separator from countries/institutions should be possible to use.
Comment 4 Eike Rathke 2018-08-31 09:06:47 UTC
It shouldn't be a property of single number formats, but a general separator and formats settings for the current locale instead, which bug 46448 is about.

I think we can close this one here as a duplicate.