Actually it is not well defined for Hebrew. It came to court a few years ago
over a notice that said : "parking forbidden 8-9". The police claimed it was
from 8 to 9, but the driver claimed he thought it meant from 9 to 8. The court
decided it was ambiguous.
I would say that in Hebrew best practice is to use the Hebrew way:
8 עד 9
(8 ad 9)
and that using 8 dash 9 or 9 dash 8 is ambiguous, but common sense tells you it
is from the lower to the higher. The predominant practice, however, is left to
right, even when spaces are included (8 space dash space 9).
> -----Original Message-----
> From: James E. Agenbroad [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Friday, January 19, 2001 6:30 PM
> To: Unicode List
> Subject: Order of bidi script numbers in ranges
> Friday, January 19, 2001
> In what order are ranges of numbers such as 15-23 expressed in a bidi
> context? 1. What is wanted visually, if there is one consistent
> expectation? 2. Then what order should the codes be stored in Unicode for
> the bidi algorithm to provide the desired visual order? My guess is that
> the visually the '15' would be wanted to the right of the dash and '23'
> and that this would be the desired order in a Unicode string too, but it's
> only a guess. Thus the Unicode test string would contain:
> 1. The first string of Arabic or Hebrew characters
> 2. The code for '1'
> 3. The code for '5'
> 4. The code for dash
> 5. The code for '2'
> 6. The code for '3'
> 7. The code for remaining Arabic or Hebrew text.
> Apoligies if this is obvious to everyone or explicit in 3.0. May I assume
> decimal numbers such as 3.1416 and time such as 10:30 are expressed in the
> order used in the West (though the punctuation may differ)? TIA.
> Jim Agenbroad ( jage@LOC.gov )
> The above are purely personal opinions, not necessarily the official
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