Re: Decimal Point

From: Peter Westlake (
Date: Wed Jun 02 1999 - 06:59:22 EDT

At 15:56 1999-05-30 -0700, Markus Kuhn wrote:
>John Cowan wrote on 1999-05-30 16:46 UTC:
>> Markus Kuhn scripsit:
>> > Is there a Unicode character to represent a decimal point?
>> No. That was debated in the past and rejected. There is a fairly
>> full writeup at .
>It seems my question has been misunderstood, because this (and similar
>answers) slightly missed the "point".
>I was talking about a character DECIMAL POINT and not a (more general)
>character DECIMAL SEPARATOR. A character DECIMAL POINT would *always* be
>represented by a point (hence the name), and it would be left to the
>font designer whether this point would be located on the base line (US
>convention) or centered (UK convention). A character DECIMAL POINT would
>never be represented by a comma and would not have the purpose of
>unifying the different locale conventions.


When I asked about this a couple of years ago, someone suggested
that MIDDLE DOT was the closest thing to a decimal point. He didn't
know whether that was a valid usage, though.


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