My team has an editable numeric text field in an application. The numbers have a wide dynamic range (e.g.
1360000 are both possible) so computerized scientific notation is something we want to support.
Is it clearer to use lowercase or uppercase
e for displaying scientific notation? (or does it not matter)
The scenario I am most concerned about is a new user who looks at a screen and sees a number in scientific notation. Our existing version of software had a field that said
2E4 and this immediately jumped out to me as a potential problem. (not that
2e4 is much better, but I want to see numbers that are displayed in such a way as to make them most clear that they are in scientific notation, and even a slight increase in readability would be helpful. Because they are editable, the mathematical 1.36 × 106 is not an option.)