Re: Arabic numbers

From: Behnam (
Date: Wed Mar 14 2007 - 17:00:13 CST

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    I'm afraid I don't have all the answers but few clarifications.
    What you call 'Arabic Numbers' (as opposed to Roman numeral) refers
    to 10 digits numeral system which was invented in Arab civilization.
    Until modern time, it was never displayed as 123...
    In Arabic language it is displayed as you typed it and it is not
    indic. Indic numeral have different shape for some numbers as ٤ ٥ ٦
    which are shaped as ۴ ۵ ۶
    As far as I know, those who use these numbers call 1234..., numbers
    in English!
    But they are used in some regions (English numbers)
    The reaction to forcing kids to use English numbers may vary from
    tolerated to outrage!

    On 14-Mar-07, at 6:14 PM, James Tu wrote:

    > I apologize if this is slightly off topic...
    > We are working on a kid's website that targets 5 languages and one
    > of them is Arabic. We were wondering whether we should be using
    > 0123456789 (arabic numbers) vs ٠١٢٣٤٣٥٦٧٨٩ (indian
    > numbers, I found out that the real Arabic numbers are called indian
    > numbers. :) ) This will mostly be used when a user is entering
    > and ID number to log into the site.
    > On an Arabic keyboard, there is the 'normal' row of arabic numbers
    > 0123456789. But on the same keys they have the corresponding
    > indian numbers, used for Arabic.
    > Can anyone help me understand the usage pattern for Arabic speakers
    > with these hybrid keyboards. (supposedly, some people doing
    > research found that kids learn Indian numbers and then start using
    > Arabic 0123456789 numbers later)
    > - When an Arabic speaker uses their computer and when she types
    > numbers, does the operating system default to 0123456789, or does
    > it default to Arabic numbers?
    > How 'bad' would it be if we required that kids use 0123456789?
    > -James

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