dbraughlr wrote:Whether Louis XIV is read as lewis ex eye vee or lewis fourteenth, it won't be perfect.
I think we want C, D, I, L, M, V, and X pronounced as letters. It seems that Roman numerals are the exceptions and should require special notation if used at all.
While the logic that the Roman Numerals are the exceptions, and therefore should require special notations seems correct, we have to remember that we have already have set a precedence to use quotes around the letters N, E, S, and W, to get the them pronounced as letters instead of the cardinal directions.
Therefore we may need to follow suite for the letters used for Roman Numerals too.
Of course there are other conflicts to consider as well including: (examples using valid Roman Numerals only, and not every combination of the letters used in Roman Numerals)
CD = cd or 400 ?
CM = centimeter or 900 ?
DC = District of Columbia or 600 ?
MD = Maryland or 1500 ?
MI = Michigan or 1001 ?
MIX = Mix or 1009 ?
MM = millimeter or 2000 ?
So maybe Roman Numerals could use a period after them instead of quotes to differentiate them.