Saturday, December 22, 2007

O for Oxygen, 0 for Zero

[reading: Bjørn Lomborg, "Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming"; recently Charles Stross, "The Jennifer Morgue"]

Shocking. The reporting of science in the media has always been pretty rubbish, but the BBC News website can't even spell CO2 correctly.

I'd let them off not doing the subscript correctly, even though it's not exactly difficult to do <sub>2</sub> or &#x2082; for '₂' (U+2082).

But not being able to spell "O" correctly is just impressively awful. And it's endemic.