Talk:Electronegativities of the elements (data page)
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This page is intended as an authoritative data collection with citation of sources, that may be cited as a central reference by other articles (such as for the chemical elements). Femto 11:21, 20 Apr 2005 (UTC)
Meaning of "use" column
The Pauling-values table has a column entitled "use". After reading "Notes" second item ("The suggested values are all taken from WebElements as a consistent set."), I assume that "use" is the WebElements values. There are other columns, listing values from other sources, allowing one to see that some sources do differ slightly and that some sources are not complete (hence advice to use the set that is most complete for self-consistency). However, one of these other sources is...WebElements! And sometimes the "WEL" value is "same" as "use". Why is "use" a separate column if it's the same value as "WEL", and why does "WEL" not have actual values? I think this table would be clearer if the "use" column were nuked and values merged into the "WEL" column. Tht way, the data values are assigned to their actual source. Other columns that agree could still say "same" (or could have the actual numbers too?). Then the second "Notes" is clearer too: because the values can vary depending on how one interprets things, use any one column for self-consistency, and the WEL column is the most complete so it's probably the best choice. DMacks (talk) 18:52, 19 April 2008 (UTC)
There is a List of Allen electronegativity page that seems like it should be part of the Electronegativities of the elements (data page), or else these two pages should be renamed for a consistent page title/disambig scheme. I tagged that other page for merger into the page here, since that page also has other types of electronegativity values listed (albeit with less explanation and completeness than the page here). Should we have one unified table here, i.e., just add a column for the Allen values to the existing table, or have separate sections for each type (seems like that was the original intent here, given that the table is in a section entitled "Electronegativity (Pauling scale)")? DMacks (talk) 18:57, 19 April 2008 (UTC)
Best way to put in a new reference?
The electronegativity of astatine is actually below 2.2 (Pauling wasn't quite correct), according to: