From: Doug Ewell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Jul 12 2005 - 09:21:59 CDT
Joel Kalvesmaki <KalvesmakiJ at doaks dot org> wrote:
> It seems to me that Unicode block U+10140 to U+1018F should be termed
> Ancient Greek Numerals, not Ancient Greek Numbers, since what is being
> treated are not the abstractions but their representation. (Cf. the
> correct usage in _The Unicode Standard, 4.0_, p. 358)
Numerals are characters that can be strung together in a positional
system to form arbitrary combinations, which are themselves numbers.
Not all of the characters in the block you mentioned are like that.
Contrast U+0BE6 through U+0BEF, TAMIL DIGIT ZERO through NINE, with
U+0BF0 through U+0BF2, TAMIL NUMBER TEN, ONE HUNDRED, ONE THOUSAND.
Among other things, note the difference in General Category: "Nd" for
the "digits," "No" for the "numbers."
-- Doug Ewell Fullerton, California http://users.adelphia.net/~dewell/
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