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Re: Armenian numbering: findings, recommendations and request to CSS WG

From: Ambrose Li <ambrose.li@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 13:57:04 -0500
Message-ID: <af2cae770902121057o32fbd36dha9923be178526d5a@mail.gmail.com>
To: Leif Halvard Silli <lhs@malform.no>
Cc: Daniel Glazman <daniel.glazman@disruptive-innovations.com>, Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>, fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>, www-style@w3.org, www-international@w3.org

2009/2/12 Leif Halvard Silli <lhs@malform.no>:
> I think we can, generally speaking, claim that it is a fact that in most
> areas of the world, the ancient alphabetic number systems - such as the
> Armenian one that we currently discuss, and the Church-Slavonic one, and
> also the Georgian list-style-type(!) - are not very much used. With one
> single exception: The Roman system, and perhaps Greek. So, in a priority
> list, I would give support for such number systems low priority. In this I
> agree with you and your source.
>
> Wheras I would give much higher priority to modern alphabetic enumaration.

The Chinese/Japanese systems (except the "suzhou numerals") clearly
are still in common use, as is the Hebrew system.

IMHO I would say, where practicable, we should try to support the
traditional systems also, because otherwise we would be contributing
to their declining use. I'd say many traditional typographic
conventions are disappearing precisely because they cannot be
reproduced by computer.

-- 
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-ambrose

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