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"Reynolds, Gregg" wrote:

*> Arabic numeric forms whose meaning is numeric are written left-to-right.
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Question: I have never known how to construe this. I assume it means

that the most significant digit appears on the left and the least significant

digit appears on the right, just as with European numbers.

However:

1) In the Unicode character stream, which digit appears first, the most

significant or the least significant?

2) When rendering character-by-character (such as when writing by hand),

which digit is rendered first, the most significant or the least significant?

In case my questions are not clear, I will say that for European digits

the answer is "the most significant digit" to both questions: we

represent "500" in a data stream as "5" followed by "0" followed by "0",

and we render it the same way.

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