In this case I agree with you that "number" and "letter" are better choices.

Deirdre Reagan wrote:
> Thanks all for the responses about alphanumeric characters and the use
> of that terminology.
> 
> I get that 123ABC consist of alphanumerical characters.
> 
> However, does 123 consist of numerical characters?  I would say it
> consists of numbers.
> 
> Does ABC consist of alpha characters?  I would say it consists of letters.
> 
> In the documents I am working with, 123 is refered to as numerical
> characters and ABC is refered to as alpha characters.
> 
> Here's what I'm talking about:
> 
> "Move the part numbers that begin with a numerical character to the
> end of the list after the part numbers that begin with an alpha
> character."
> 
> I'm just wondering how widespread this usage is.  Are these terms just
> in my documents in my company, and I should make the correction, or do
> technical writers the world over use "alpha characters" to refer to
> letters and "numerical characters" to refer to numbers?
> 
> Thanks!
> 
> Deirdre
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