RE: U+3007 not a Hanzi?

From: Ayers, Mike (
Date: Tue Oct 03 2000 - 19:51:36 EDT

> From: []

> I have seen U+3007 classified as a Hanzi. Why is
> it not considered a Hanzi in Unicode? Because it
> is the only Hanzi that uses that stroke??
> If it is not a Hanzi, what, then, is it?

        It appears to be the glyph that was being pushed at one point for
use as 0, as a complement to the well-known glyphs for 1-10. There are two
sets of glyphs for 1-10, one set being one or two strokes apiece and widely
used, the other set are many strokes, and are used primarily when writing
checks, since they cannot be easily converted one to another. There is no
corresponding "simple" glyph for zero, which, if I recall correctly, has 13
strokes. My Chinese textbook (written at Peking University in the late
fifties) uses a circle to indicate 0. However, I have never seen it used
elsewhere, and believe that it never caught on.


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