RE: Not all Arabics are created equal...

From: John Cowan (
Date: Tue Jul 11 2000 - 00:01:38 EDT

On Mon, 10 Jul 2000, Gregg Reynolds wrote:

> > IIRC, we determined that in fact Arabic digits are written MSD first,
> > definitely when writing Farsi (I'm not sure if we got
> > evidence on writing
> > Arabic or not).
> It's the same for all Arabiform writing conventions, so far as I know, and
> it's actually quite simple. You need only ask two questions: what is the
> reading order? and what is the evaluation rule for strings of ciphers?

No, what I am trying to nail down is whether the LSD is represented
first in the Unicode datastream or last. European digits are represented
with the MSD first and the LSD last. What's the story with Arabic
digits? Without knowing that, I can't evaluate a string of Arabic
digits for value.

John Cowan                         
C'est la` pourtant que se livre le sens du dire, de ce que, s'y conjuguant
le nyania qui bruit des sexes en compagnie, il supplee a ce qu'entre eux,
de rapport nyait pas.               -- Jacques Lacan, "L'Etourdit"

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