When giving a location, e.g. 10 degree West, 20 degree North, I do not put any space between the number and the degree sign (correct, isn't it?). But what is to be placed between degree and N/S/E/W (in UK English, if there are differences)? For example, 10°W or 10° W or (TeXish) 10\degree\,W, or what else?

  • This seems more like a formatting question than an English Language question. – Catija Aug 20 '15 at 14:36

As you can see at Wikipedia and National Geographic, its used with spaces:

  • "40° 26′ 46″ N 79° 58′ 56″ W"
  • "23° 26' 21'' N. Its twin, the Tropic of Capricorn, is 23° 26' 21'' S."
  • OK, the spaces in your answer are between ° and minutes and beween " and quadrant, but for symmetry it makes sense to always place a space after degree here. (One might note that there is no space in °C.) National Geographic is from the US and not UK, but there does not seem to be a difference between US and UK English here. Thus: +1 and accepted! – Stephen Aug 27 '15 at 8:45

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