Re: Roman numerals

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Mon Feb 22 2010 - 03:11:10 CST

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    On 22 Feb 2010, at 08:43, André Szabolcs Szelp wrote:

    > For the (slightly anachronistic, thus characterised as "amusing") use
    > of roman numerals in the late 20th century, we can even quote an
    > occurence which is linked to Unicode and this list:
    > | Meanwhile, at the Unicode offices in Silicon Valley, people were
    > | impressed with the work by this relative unknown in Ireland. Mr.
    > | McGowan remembers the first proposal he received from Mr.
    > | Everson, on a particular character in ogham. The first time they met,
    > | Mr. McGowan was so captivated by Mr. Everson’s charm and
    > | erudition that he saved his name tag. “Michael is a pretty special
    > | guy,” he said. “Also, ***he wrote the month with a Roman numeral.***
    > | I thought that was amusing.”

    It is true. Back then I'd've written 22.ii.2010. (Note the lower-case roman numerals.) But I long ago shifted to ISO 8601 format, 2010-02-22.

    Whether it is charming and erudite I cannot say.

    Michael Everson *

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