From: Doug Ewell (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Feb 10 2007 - 16:28:54 CST
Richard Wordingham <richard dot wordingham at ntlworld dot com> wrote:
>>> And what about six to ten? I sometimes remember to stack them in
>>> pairs to simplify the conversion to decimal.
>> That would be a layout problem.
> The mark-up being?
The white space and line breaks necessary to achieve this stacking:
The simplified conversion to decimal is achieved visually, not through
any special nature of the tally marks themselves. You could just as
||||/ ||||/ ||||/ ||||/ ||||/ ||||/ etc.
and it would add up the same, but the layout helps.
> As presented in the code charts, the Aegean numbers under ten are not
> tally marks. You can't convert THREE to FOUR, FIVE to SIX, or SEVEN
> to EIGHT.
They're not the same, but they are comparable. They are essentially
groups of short marks arranged in a way that facilitates their
identification as numbers. My point was that the "modern" tally marks,
grouped into sets of five, have as much legitimacy to encoding as the
> On the subject of missing numbers, how is one supposed to write the
> Roman numeral that would have compatibility decomposition IIII? The
> obvious compatibility decomposition shows that it can't be a glyph
> variant of U+2163 ROMAN NUMERAL FOUR - it has compatibility
> decomposition IV.
You write it as <0049, 0049, 0049, 0049>. The Roman numerals in the
U+2100 block that have compatibility decompositions are there only for
round-tripping with legacy charsets, and should not be used in new text.
This is a commonly misunderstood point.
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