Re: Chinese rod numerals

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Sat Jan 10 2004 - 12:31:53 EST

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    On 10/01/2004 07:25, Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:

    > One very interesting thing I noted on the page:
    > Negative numbers were usually represented using distinguisable
    > features like color. Positive rods were usually colored red while
    > negative rods were usually colored black.
    > Wasn't there a really long thread not very long ago about whether
    > color was ever a distinguishing characteristic of two otherwise
    > identical characters?

    Sounds like the numerals on my bank statements, except the other way
    round. But I don't think that would justify encoding as separate
    characters red negative Arabic digits, or red positive Chinese rod digits.

    Peter Kirk (personal) (work)

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