Many standard computer fonts don’t have text (aka “old-style”, "hanging") figures, like these:
Also, basic software like Microsoft Office don’t use them by default, even when selecting a font that actually includes them. So, my own practice is:
- I tend to use them in running text, if only because it gives somewhat of a more “distinguished” look
- I don’t use them in tables or large batches of numbers (like, scientific numbers with units)
But I wonder: what is the typical advice regarding text vs. lining figures?