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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A Google search is even scarier, from people selling C02 Systems to the awe-inspiring Department for Transport site, which manages to fit both the correct and incorrect spellings in the same <title> tag.