RE: handwritten Arabic [was: arabic number in bidi algorithm]

From: Reynolds, Gregg (
Date: Thu Oct 28 1999 - 18:48:37 EDT

Right to left on all counts, according to my colleague from Pakistan, who
also confirms that he writes (and reads) the most significant (leftmost)
digit of numbers first. Which makes sense, since it reflects phonetic
ordering. (It's the way I learned too; also in the most common handwriting
two dots gets a horizontal stroke, three a caret stroke.)


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Juliusz Chroboczek []
> Sent: Thursday, October 28, 1999 5:08 PM
> To: Unicode List
> Subject: Re: handwritten Arabic [was: arabic number in bidi algorithm]
> Mark Leisher <>:
> ML> A brief verbal survey of native Arabic and Persian co-workers says
> ML> they all write most significant digit first in handwriting.
> And what about the dots in words with more than one? In which order
> do they write them? Do they go back to the beginning of the word (R)
> and write them R2L, or do they put them on backwards? Same question
> about short vowels (assuming they are ever used in hand writing).
> J.

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