Is the example below correct notation of latitude and longitude in English?

Coordinates:    50.0833 x 14.4667 (latitude x longitude)


(I hope the question is still in the scope of this website.)

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    I'm almost certain it isn't in the scope of ELU. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longitude
    – Kris
    Commented Oct 28, 2012 at 10:39
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    There is more than one way to correctly note lat/lon coordinates. Moreover, you need to at least include letters (N/S/E/W) to indicate which hemisphere you're referring to. For more info on this Gen. Ref. question, you can visit here, here, or here.
    – J.R.
    Commented Oct 28, 2012 at 11:49
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    @J.R. See Nir Levy's answer. I think that the plus and minus signs allow one to denote hemisphere, both northern and southern, as well as east or west of the Greenwich Meridian. Commented Oct 28, 2012 at 12:14
  • @J.R. Other than the N/S/E/W part, that is a great comment, and all three of those links are very fine, especially the first one! Commented Oct 28, 2012 at 12:18
  • If that's meant for "human consumption" and not machine interpretation, I suggest you pick [NS]DD°MM.MMM',[WE]DD°MM.MMM' which is the most common standard. Fractional degrees are almost strictly for machine use and using seconds instead of fractional minutes is a declining trend.
    – SF.
    Commented Oct 28, 2012 at 14:13

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There are several notations to lat./long. The decimal you have is usually expressed with a comma and not an x. For example



However, this is not a binding standard and people can do whatever they like.

North/South hemisphere are indicated by a negative sign as do items above 180 degrees (see https://maps.google.com/maps?q=-50.0833,-14.4667)

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