From: Andrew West (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Jul 12 2005 - 08:57:37 CDT
On 12/07/05, Jon Hanna <email@example.com> wrote:
> Joel Kalvesmaki wrote:
> > Greetings,
> > It seems to me that Unicode block U+10140 to U+1018F should be termed
> > Ancient Greek Numerals, not Ancient Greek Numbers, since what is being
> > treated are not the abstractions but their representation. (Cf. the correct
> > usage in _The Unicode Standard, 4.0_, p. 358)
> The names assigned to characters are never changed.
But, the names assigned to blocks may be changed, for example the
block called "Cyrillic Supplementary" in Unicode 3.2 and 4.0 has been
known as "Cyrillic Supplement" since Unicode 4.0.1 (although the old
name is retained as an alias).
However, in this case I very much doubt that there is any likelihood
at all of changing "Ancient Greek Numbers" to "Ancient Greek
Numerals". As with character names, block names are primarily an
identifying label, and there is little point in quibbling about the
semantics of words like "number".
> By pointing this out to the list, will this advice get to the powers that
> be, or do I need to contact someone specifically?
This list is frequented by the "powers that be", but is not
specifically monitored for suggestions that people may have. If you do
want to report a perceived error then you should use the the official
reporting form at <http://www.unicode.org/reporting.html>. But note
that decisions are made on the basis of discussion by the Unicode
Technical Committee, and not simply because one person says that is
how it should be.
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