From: Adam Twardoch (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Nov 25 2007 - 10:04:41 CST
James Kass wrote:
> I was taught, way back in elementary school, to write Roman
> numerals with connecting bars above and below. Those bars
> distinguish the numerals from letters.
I consider this a typographic practice, not a feature universally
inherent to those numerals. There may be several different styles of
writing European numerals (e.g. "old-style" vs. "lining") but nobody
plans to encode them separately.
The vast majority of text originators is not aware of the separate
codepoints of Roman numerals and they use the Latin letters. This has
been and continues to be common practice. Most popular software
applications such as Microsoft Word use the Latin letters to represent
Roman numerals for auto-numbering, not the extra codepoints. IMO, those
extra codepoints never were alive and never will be.
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