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Re: Argument Structures

From:Dan Sulani <dnsulani@...>
Date:Friday, August 25, 2000, 12:47
On 24 Aug, John Cowan wrote:

>The Unicode list has heard testimony from several Iranians that the
>way of (hand)writing numbers is to stop at the beginning of the number, >guesstimate the amount of space that will be required for it, move that far >to the left, write the number left-to-right, and then move back to the
>digit to resume writing. We haven't heard from any native Arabic speakers >about the procedure used there.
Hebrew, like Arabic, is also written right to left, and the above just about describes what I have to do all the time when I have to include numbers (especially dates or ID numbers) in the reports, summaries, etc. that I write at work! (I don't always guess the correct amount of space either! :-P )
>On computers, in any event, numeric text is stored and typed
>first in all cases, which means that Arabic and Hebrew displays are
>bidirectional, even if they don't have to handle embedded Latin text (which
>invariably the case these days).
Well, the word processor I use _today_ works that way; although previous ones restricted me to typing _only_ in the right to left direction, so if I came to a number, I had to type the units first, then the tens, then the hundreds, etc.. It was a real pain, because Israeli Hebrew, like English and many other langs, counts numbers from the largest value to the smallest (i.e. the units are counted last ), and typing the number from small to large thus seemed very unnatural. Dan Sulani -------------------------------------------------------------------- likehsna rtem zuv tikuhnuh auag inuvuz vaka'a. A word is an awesome thing.