Digits "order" [Was: New contribution]

From: Antoine Leca (Antoine10646@leca-marti.org)
Date: Thu Apr 29 2004 - 13:41:06 EDT

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    On Thursday, April 29, 2004 5:15 PM, Michael Everson va escriure:
    > Please read the document. Please read the document. Please read the
    > document.

    Sorry for the question from a Beotian (;-) ?).

    Michael wrote (top of page 4):

        Phoenician numbers are written from right to left:

    What does it means? I mean, do we know how all the languages used with this
    script spelled the numbers? did they all like we do in Latin-derived
    languages, and none with the Sanskrit-derived order
    (three-and-forty-and-hundred)? Because I was under the impression that the
    digits in Sanskrit should be written "from right to left", and in French
    "from left to right", with the identical real end result!

    Since I never adequately understood the rules for the Arabic digits (and the
    2 sets of them; I only know this the reason for the difference), perhaps
    someone do have a good basic reference (preferably online) on this for me to
    get it right.


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