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(though the need to include a decimal point when defining well known lines is ugly)
I know what you mean. It is so much prettier to write 5889.950Å and 5895.924Å than 588.9950nm and 589.5924nm. It means you get to use a non-ASCII character. 😉
To be serious now: my work was done with a spectrograph with a resolution in excess of 300,000. The sodium D lines were separated by about a centimetre at the focal plane. Decimal points were essential, even when using wavenumbers (cm^-1) because the centroids of narrow lines could often be measured to better than 0.01cm^-1.