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Re: Little-endian Numeral System?

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  • Leonardo Castro
    Dates in the DD/MM/AAAA format may be a case of this, although I don t know if it s correct to consider the day less significant . Bills in little-endian
    Message 1 of 11 , Aug 19, 2013
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      Dates in the DD/MM/AAAA format may be a case of this, although I don't
      know if it's correct to consider the day "less significant".

      Bills in little-endian would be specially dramatic:

      "You have to pay me five cents, one, twenty, three hundred and... five
      million dollars."

      Até mais!


      2013/8/18 Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets <tsela.cg@...>:
      > On 18 August 2013 13:04, Alex Fink <000024@...> wrote:
      >> >
      >> >AFAIK Arabic does. Or at least Classical and Modern Standard Arabic do.
      >> Hm, Wikipedia on Arabic grammar suggests that this is also just a case of
      >> ones before tens and doesn't extending further. e.g.:
      >> | Formal: alfāni wa-tis`u mi'atin wa-thnatā `ashratan sanatan '2,912 years'
      >> thousand and-nine hundred and-two ten years (coarsely)
      >> | Spoken: alfayn wa-tis` mīya wa-ithna`shar sana(tan) '(after) 2,912 years'
      >> Only difference in makeup here is univerbation of the "two-ten". Same
      >> order.
      > Okay. I must have remembered wrong. I learned about Arabic a long time ago,
      > and numbers in Arabic are notably complicated, so I must have misremembered.
      > On 18 August 2013 14:59, Eric Christopherson <rakko@...> wrote:
      >> On Aug 17, 2013, at 1:24 PM, Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets <
      >> tsela.cg@...> wrote:
      >> > The
      >> > interesting part is that when written in numerals, Arabic numbers follow
      >> > the way they are spoken: least-significant figure first. Since Arabic is
      >> > written right-to-left, this means numbers are written exactly as we write
      >> > them, and can be read left-to-right by us correctly :P. And
      >> interestingly,
      >> > at least in the Maghreb (Morocco, Tunisia, etc.), figures are actually
      >> > written left-to-right, despite the rest of the text being written
      >> > right-to-left!
      >> This confuses me. Isn't writing in the Arabic world generally done in MSA
      >> -- and thus more or less consistent across dialects? Do Maghrebi people
      >> write in MSA with the *exception* of numerals?
      > I was only talking about numbers written in figures: 102, 2013, etc. For
      > those, there is a difference between how the Maghreb (basically all of
      > Northern Africa, except Egypt and Sudan) and the Middle East write them:
      > the Maghreb use the same Arabic numerals as we do: 0, 1, 2, 3..., while the
      > Middle East uses the Indic numerals: ٠‎, ١‎, ٢‎, ٣ ... The order on the
      > paper stays the same (and is the same as the order of numerals as written
      > by us), but the order in which they are *written* seems to be different: in
      > the Maghreb they leave some space and write numbers left-to-right, while in
      > the Middle East (at least in Oman where I've been and seen people writing),
      > they write them right-to-left. Although I've read once that some people in
      > the Middle East also write numbers left-to-right, though with the Indic
      > numerals.
      > All in all a complicated situation...
      > --
      > Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets.
      > http://christophoronomicon.blogspot.com/
      > http://www.christophoronomicon.nl/
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