I can not understand when siunitx places a point between units. in the examples below, why is there no point between \kilogram and \meter ^ 2 whereas there is one between \newton and \meter?

How to homogenize the writing of units?

PS: I also find that the space between the point and the units is too important, how to reduce it?

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,numbers=noendperiod % 2.3.1 vs 2.3.1. (no dot after the last chapter number)
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The siunitx package works in two 'modes': one where all units are given as macros, and the second when there is literal material in the unit. In the latter case, formatting is extremely limited: it's simply not possible to do the kind of processing that is doable with macro-based units. When you add ^2 rather than \squared, you are forcing 'literal mode' and the package cannot add inter-unit information.


So Joseph's solution works when using the macros but I ran into the same problem but while using the 'literal mode'. siunitx also provides a way to add spacing in literal mode by putting a period or tilde in between units. So you can do one of the following options to add spacing:

  • \unit{kg.m^2} or \unit{kg~m^2}
  • \unit{\kilogram\meter\squared}

See section 3.3 of the siunitx documentation.


See the Section 4.10 of the documentation for the siunitx package. Just modify the options:

\unit[inter-unit-product = \ensuremath{{}\cdot{}}]{kg.m^2}
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    I'm sure many readers here are like me illiterate in asian languages ... So if your remarks do add value to your answer, please translate into English. Else, a few more words explaining your solution will be appreciated.
    – MS-SPO
    Commented Mar 19 at 7:38
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    In addition to the language issue, judging by the code snippet, the content seems to already be covered by another answer.
    – schtandard
    Commented Mar 19 at 11:43

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