I'd be glad if someone could tell me how numbers like "188.8.131.52.6" are read (pronounced)? "Two dot three dot four..." or "two three four" or maybe "two point three point four"?
It seems that there isn't consensus on a single term to use.
In another post here on StackExchange, Dan Sheppard writes:
The word you use -- "dot", "point", "mark", "sub", -- is a matter of personal taste or else institutional style, but when in doubt a word which directly describes the symbol is usually fine (I would say point here).
Version numbers carry a similar ambiguity. Both the terms "dot release" and "point release" are valid, and version numbers can be read in a variety of ways. In the case of "Web 2.0," for example, both "dot" and "point" can be used:
There seem to be many possible ways of saying this - "two point oh", "two point zero", "two dot oh", two point nought", "two oh", "web two" - with a certain amount of variation according to nationality, company loyalties and other factors.