Show Numbers as Numerals When Writing for Online Readers: Web writing is slowly developing its own official style. I know that we’ve written differently for the Web for ages now, but Nielsen is throwing facts at the issue, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we soon see a “Chicago Manual of Web Style” which is adopted by major news organizations.
Among our discoveries was that numerals often stop the wandering eye and attract fixations, even when they’re embedded within a mass of words that users otherwise ignore.
Why do users fixate on numerals? Because numbers represent facts, which is something users typically relish.
When the schools start teaching it, then the rules have officialy changed.