Re: Parsing of non-Western numerals

From: Richard Wordingham (
Date: Thu Jan 12 2006 - 16:15:54 CST

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    Kit Peters wrote:

    > Finally, a more specific question: Does anybody write floating-point
    numbers (e.g. 3.14159, 0.3774, 93.5632) and/or exponentials (1.32e03,
    1.602e-19, where 'e' is equivalent to 'times ten to the power of')?

    I quote from the inside cover of the (Thai) Royal Institute Dictionary:

    พจนานุกรม ฉบับราชบัณฑิตยสถาน พ.ศ. ๒๕๔๒
    พิมพ์ครั้งที่ ๑ พุทธศักราช ๒๕๔๖
    จำนวน ๒๐๐,๐๐๐ เล่ม

    ราคาเล่มละ ๖๐๐.๐๐ บาท

    Note the English use of a comma to separate the thousands. The dictionary
    is rather insistent that it not be sold for more than 600 baht. I suspect
    there's a worthy subsidy on this weighty tome.

    The entry on ทศนิยม 'decimal' gives as examples '.๘๕๖' and '๑๒.๐๘'.

    The dictionary fastidiously avoids European-style numerals - the only
    concession is the ISBN number and the digits in the associated bar code!
    Contrariwise, if you pick up a Thai magazine, you have to look hard for Thai


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