# Symbol for cardinal numbers

There is a number symbol `#` so that when you put it in front of a number, it tells that the number is an ordinal number. E.g., `#6` means "number 6".

Is there a symbol like that for cardinal numbers? E.g., if put in front of `23`, it should mean "23 in total" or "23 counts".

The following is my use case. It may not be necessary to understand my question.

I have a lot of numbers displayed aside of tags. Some tags have ordinal numbers and others have cardinal numbers. I want to make them distinguishable between ordinal or cardinal. I did to things: (i) write the cardinal number before the tag whereas write the ordinal number after the tag, (ii) put the number symbol `#` in front of an ordinal number. Examples are like this:

Example of a tag with ordinary number

``````[Foo #1] [Foo #2] ... [Foo #23]
[Bar #1] [Bar #2] ... [Bar #17]
``````

Example of a tag with cardinal number

``````[23 Foo] [17 Bar]
``````

I want to put some symbol in front of these cardinal numbers.

• I think "[Foo x23] [Bar x17]", ie a small x to imply "times" is what is generally used. IF I understood correctly. Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 9:41
• @VilleNiemi That can be an answer.
– sawa
Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 9:49
• [23x Foo] [17x Bar] might also work. Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 9:51
• Can you give some more context to the examples? Symbols like à or á are also used for cardinal numbers. Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 10:00
• Also are different languages/cultures a concern? Because there might be other ways or symbols for presenting these numbers. Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 10:05

Personally I like the visual clarity of `Foo (23)` but you're probably safer going with `Foo x23`