Re: Tibetan half digits

From: Alain LaBont/e'/ (
Date: Wed Oct 23 1996 - 15:54:24 EDT

At 12:33 23/10/1996 -0700, Rick McGowan wrote:
>Michael --
>The Tibetan half-numbers, from what I could gather speaking with the Tibetan
>group who visited San Jose last year, have no "inherent" numerical value as
>such. They represent subtracting 0.5 (or one-half) from the number in which
>they appear as the last digit; as explained in the standard. Maybe that's
>clear enough.
>For example a string like:
> digit-9 digit-8 halfdigit-3 (9, 8, /3)
>represents the number
> nine hundred eighty two and five tenths
> nine hundred eighty two point five

Michael, this calls for 2 simultaneous things in a future version of ISO/IEC
14651 (when ISO/IEC 10646-1 will be published to document these characters):

1-by default, sort these like special characters, in order of course
2-suggest in a non normative annex as an example documenting this, that
  prehandling be used to replace the last digit of a series by an in-between
   = (1/2) character following the preceding digit, as Rick explains very well.

Alain LaBonti

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