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Re: Hebrew Numbering Algorithm

From: Tex Texin <tex@XenCraft.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 02:08:15 -0500 (EST)
Message-ID: <404D6D50.C1AFB53E@XenCraft.com>
To: d_n@Loryx.com
Cc: www-style@w3.org



re #3) Numbers involving the Tetragrammaton- such as 15 yud he 10+5, are
usually represented instead by 9+6 tet vav.
similarly for other cases.

Other info, and references at:
http://www.i18nguy.com/unicode/hebrew-numbers.html

tex

D'n Russler wrote:
> 
> Ref: W3C Working Draft 7 November 2002
> 
> 4.2 Numbering systems, Hebrew section
> 
> "If someone can come up with a correct exact algorithm, then I would
> be happy to include it. Note: These rules have an error. I am waiting
> to get confirmation of how to fix them."
> 
> 1) Hebrew numbering is not defined for zero. "Zero" as a concept
> postdated the hebrew numbering system, being an innovation of the
> Greeks. Other than that, I am not aware of any errors.
> 
> 2) I hope I'm not resurrecting a dead issue, but usually hebrew
> numbers are distringuished from hebrew words by the addition of a
> GERSHAYIM (U+05F4) between the left most (least-significant)
> character and second left-most, as L"2xxx
> 
> 3) The paper mentions that certain combinations of letters are not
> used because they are names for G-d, among them the Tetragammaton.
> The actual appearance of such in the paper, nevertheless, may be
> viewed as offensive to many of the Jewish faith. An alternative
> should be found, perhaps by adding a space between the characters.
> 
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