From: Antoine Leca (Antoine10646@leca-marti.org)
Date: Fri May 13 2005 - 04:53:23 CDT
On Wednesday, May 11, 2005 9:11 PM JFC (Jefsey) Morfin wrote:
> I need to support telephone numbers (0-9) in an multilingual
> I would like to know if I miss some numbers, if in the Ethiopic case
> I can assume that the first 10 values are 0-9 and how do Kharoshthi
> support decimal entries?
Your subsequent explanation was a lot of fun for me. Thanks.
However, there is something I fail to understand. A number of scripts have
various, overlapping, number systems: in general, one is semi-positional (so
have the "digits 1,2...9,10,100,1000 etc. No zero) and then it evoluted into
another, completely decimal (only ten digits). The main examples are Chinese
of course, and Tamil; I believe the Babylonian and Mayan systems can be
considered in the same category, but they are yet encoded in Unicode, and
furthermore they use a 10/6/10/6... resp. 20/19/20/20... bases you'll not
Then, if you consider using Ethiopian (or Kharoshti) numerations, I do not
see why you would discard the similar Chinese or Tamil ones... and then you
will have the problem to decide, o r to let decide, for example for Tamil,
if one should use the "traditional" system (using 10, 100, 1000) or the
"decimal" one, using the added zero.
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