From: Gilbert Sneed (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Mar 14 2007 - 18:17:33 CST
I am not a specialist in Arabic language but I have already seen
Egyptian or Algerian banknotes and coins : what you can read on them
is what James calls Indian numbers.
So I think young people in Arabic language lands always use them for
any numbering usage.
2007/3/15, Behnam <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> 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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