From: Guy Steele (Guy.Steele@Sun.COM)
Date: Wed Feb 28 2007 - 13:53:47 CST
The tally marks currently under discussion are widely
used in Europe, Australia, and North America. But
I have observed my friends from Japan using another
system, and therefore just now did a quick Google search.
While you all are at it, you may want to investigate the other
two systems of tally marks described in the Wikipedia article
on tally marks:
On Feb 28, 2007, at 1:56 PM, Kent Karlsson wrote:
> Jon Hanna wrote:
>> Agreed (though its option g). I'm not seeing how tallies work
>> in static
>> text other than as glyph variants for U+0031 through U+0035
> One thing is absolutely certain here: Tally marks are definitely
> NOT glyph variants of 1-5. They have the values 1-5, but that is
> something entirely different.
> I think tally marks are just as justified (or justifiable) as
> card faces, dice faces, chess symbols, domino faces, and the
> like. Or actually, more justifiable, since tally marks are
> regularly written (it does not matter that it is by hand,
> usually), which the above listed symbols rarely are.
> I, for one, would argue that the tally mark characters all
> should have the same advance width, as in handwriting one
> would not start a tally (of value 1) unless there is space
> for a full tally (of value 5) to the right of the begun tally.
> So in ASCII, fixed width font, the first four tally marks could
> be *approximated* by "| ", "|| ", "||| ", "||||".
> /kent k
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