The SI/ISO 31-0 norm establishes that the thousands separator should be a single space character (UTF-16 0x0020 character). When I try to give a cell this number format, I find it impossible.
The default format is coded as #,##0. This prints a comma (,) as a thousand separator for thousands as well as for millions and the consecutive number groups. However, if I try use the number format # ##0, only the thousands are separated with a space.
It would be expected that any character used as a replacement for the comma had the same behavior, i.e. separate digits in groups of 3, from the unit onward.
Operating System: Ubuntu
Version: 188.8.131.52 release
I agree with your opinion, just a heads up there is a workaround, put this in:
# ### ### ### ### ### ### ###
that should cover any number you're using.
Marking this as an enhancement request though, it's a valid point.
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Thanks for your understanding Joel, I will use your workaround meanwhile!
I am sorry to report that the workaround doesn't work because all the spaces are included in the number string, regardless if thousands separators are needed at all. That is, for a format string "# ###", the number 1 is represented as " 1".
I have seen that in bug #51008 a fix has been implemented, and it consists only of setting the correct thousands separator as the locale's (matching language and country) thousands separator.
Although I think one should be able to select a space (as much as a period or a comma) as language separator, regardless of the locale specifications, I request that in the meantime the space character is set as the default language separator for locale es_CR (Spanish in Costa Rica).
For other users interested in this issue, as a workaround you can set your cells' format language to Esperanto, Estonian or Portugal Portuguese, and you will get a space for thousands separator.
(In reply to wolterh6 from comment #4)
> Although I think one should be able to select a space (as much as a period
> or a comma) as language separator, regardless of the locale specifications,
That's an RFE to be handled for bug 46448, marking this as duplicate.
> I request that in the meantime the space character is set as the default
> language separator for locale es_CR (Spanish in Costa Rica).
It is since bug 91009 was fixed.
> For other users interested in this issue, as a workaround you can set your
> cells' format language to Esperanto, Estonian or Portugal Portuguese, and
> you will get a space for thousands separator.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 46448 ***