Re: Defined Private Use was: SSP default ignorable characters

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Wed Apr 28 2004 - 14:27:33 EDT

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    On 28/04/2004 04:37, John Cowan wrote:

    >... Should
    >this be followed internally, or should an attempt be made to represent
    >the most significant digit first (as in all other known scripts) by
    >creative abuse of the bidi properties?

    Not true, I think. I understand the Arabs and Persians write their
    numbers in opposite orders, I can't remember which is which. But this
    means that one group writes least significant digit first, in the normal
    writing direction, and the other writes most significant digit first,
    reversing the writing direction.

    And when I am adding up a column of numbers I write the sum least
    significant digit first - although I wouldn't expect Unicode to reflect
    that choice.

    See also, Final proposal for
    encoding the Phoenician script in the UCS, which shows most significant
    digits to the right, corresponding to most significant digit being
    written first in the writing direction..

    Peter Kirk (personal) (work)

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