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Re: Digression: little/big endian numbers LTR/RTL

From: Asmus Freytag <asmusf@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Thu, 01 May 2008 09:38:07 -0700
Message-ID: <4819F1EF.80702@ix.netcom.com>
To: Jeremy Carroll <jjc@hpl.hp.com>
CC: Simon Montagu <smontagu@smontagu.org>, Frank Ellermann <hmdmhdfmhdjmzdtjmzdtzktdkztdjz@gmail.com>, www-international@w3.org


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> It seems to me that arabic numbers were always RTL with least 
> significant digit first; when imported into western Europe these 
> gradually became LTR with most significant digit first (because of the 
> LTR writing system). This resulted in changes such that the phrase 
> "four and twenty" is now archaic, because of the least significant 
> digit first construction.
Hmm. I thought that roman numerals, which are not place value, were 
written LTR with larger units first. I.e. XXIV not IVXX. Surely, they 
had an influence for centuries in Europe.
> With European colonialism the most significant digit first meme was 
> re-exported from western Europe back into arabic speaking communities, 
> resulting in the apparent LTR numbers within a RTL writing system.
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> Jeremy
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