Re: Hexadecimal character entry (ISO 14755)

From: Markus Kuhn (
Date: Tue Jun 08 1999 - 05:57:15 EDT

"Addison Phillips" wrote on 1999-06-08 00:52 UTC:
> That was my point, actually. Everyone was focused on localizing
> the "first six letters", assuming that 0-9 are universal.

The ASCII digits 0-9 *are* globally known, thanks to a product of Earth
civilization commonly referred to as the "telephone". Any claim that the
digits 0-9 would need localization because they are now known or not
available in some part of the earth is a clear sign of pathologic o22n
(overinternationalisation). The i18n community is occasionally a bit
susceptible to seeing problems where there are none in the real world. A
couple of cultural conventions can be happily accepted today as globally
valid, and the digits 0-9 are certainly among them.


Markus G. Kuhn, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK
Email: mkuhn at,  WWW: <>

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