Re: Unihan number types and values

From: M.-A. Lemburg (
Date: Thu Dec 02 2010 - 17:31:09 CST

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    John H. Jenkins wrote:
    > On 2010/11/29, at 下午2:17, M.-A. Lemburg wrote:
    >> Question: Why don't these code points have the "Nd" category ?
    > Because they're not numerals, they're words/parts of words. East Asian writing systems don't traditionally distinguish the numeral "1" from the number-word "one." Yes, you *can* use them as straight decimal digits, but that's an extended use, and it's more akin to "two zero one zero" than "2010."

    Right, but older Chinese texts and tables don't use the Arabic numerals
    used nowadays.

    >> Related to this, it is also unclear what to use as official zero
    >> for these number systems (U+3007 is often recommended).
    > There isn't an official zero. U+3007 and U+96F6 are the two that are generally used. Which you want to use is somewhat context-dependent; if possible, the choice should be left to the user.

    Ok, so this goes beyond what the standard defines as "simplistic

    Fair enough.


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