RE: arabic number in bidi algorithm

From: Roozbeh Pournader (
Date: Thu Oct 28 1999 - 19:11:12 EDT

On Thu, 28 Oct 1999, Reynolds, Gregg wrote:

> To cut a long story short, it makes perfect sense to construe Arabic numeric
> forms as right-to-left; they just happen to put the least significant digit
> first. This means that under Unicode's "logical order" philosophy, least
> significant digit should come first in an encoded representation, and
> presentation logic need not reverse anything. This also means that software
> designed only to handle Arabic need not worry about any bidi behavior.

No! What are you telling us? I can't understand you even a bit. I write in
Arabic script usually, except when I'm writing email. No. Logical order is
"most-significant-first" in the world of Arabic script. And to extract the
numerical value out of it, we perhaps need them to be encoded MSD first.

There is a need for a bidi algorithm in a good arabic encoding.


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