From: Don Osborn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Mar 15 2007 - 19:40:22 CST
Thanks Ed. The technology does after all lend itself quite often to such "both-and" solutions. Don
> -----Original Message-----
> From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On
> Behalf Of Ed Trager
> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2007 9:29 PM
> To: James Tu
> Cc: email@example.com
> Subject: Re: Arabic numbers
> Here's an idea:
> Why not just give the kids (or the teachers who set it up for the
> kids) the option to use *both* Arabic 01234... and Arabic-Indic ٠١٢٣٤
> numeral sets ?
> This way the kids will get the opportunity to learn both sets, which
> they are going to need to learn sooner or later anyway. I don't think
> anyone can argue with that, can they?
> - Ed Trager
> On 3/15/07, Behnam <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > On 15-Mar-07, at 2:44 PM, Hans Aberg wrote:
> > > On 14 Mar 2007, at 23:14, James Tu wrote:
> > >
> > >> 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
> > >> (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.
> > >
> > > Though not a children's site, here is one in both English and
> > > http://www.aljazeera.net/
> > > http://english.aljazeera.net/
> > >
> > > Hans Aberg
> > The problem of Mr. Tu is a minor one, and characters to be used for
> > logging in is not really a language issue.
> > I also can not speak for Arabs but I give you another example of
> > adult sites, this one in Persian. The journalists of BBC Persian site
> > are very knowledgeable Persian writers and maintain an outstanding
> > standard of Persian writing. They KNOW that English numbers within
> > Persian text don't belong. Yet the numbers are English. This can only
> > be a technological limitation forced upon them.
> > http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/iran/story/2007/03/070315_v-iran-
> > nuclrear-reso3.shtml
> > I view this page with UTF-8 encoding. The numbers are English. I'm
> > told IE browsers on PC manage to display them in Persian (Indic).
> > Nevertheless the encoding is in English.
> > Many people may refer to this page and conclude that English numbers
> > in Persian text is an acceptable behavior in Persian language. It is
> > not.
> > How reliable would be our conclusion, when viewing Aljazeera?
> > Behnam
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