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Re: A draft for a multibyte and multi-codepoint C string interface
> If the so-called arabic digits were the exact same glyphes in arabic
> and in western languages (I doubt this is actually the case),
If you mean, are the same glyphs used to render numbers when writing in
Arabic as we use in `Western' languages, no, they're not. I've seen
written Arabic involving numbers often enough to kinda-sorta-vaguely
recognize them, and they look almost nothing like the digits I'm used
to in languages like English; the major similarity is that it's a
base-ten positional notation.
> using in all these languages the ASCII codepoints will make
> impossible to deduce automatically the direction of rendering;
I don't see that as any more of a problem than it is that it's
impossible to deduce the language upon seeing the word "pain" (which,
for the benefit those of you not as francophone as I feel sure tlaronde
is, is a perfectly good word in French as well as in English).
> [...] if I'm not mistaken, a number looks the "same" in arabic,
> because they are written left-to-right, that is, least significant
> digit first considered from right-to-left).
I don't recall which order the digits are written in, and I don't have
any Arabic text with numbers in it at ready hand to check. Surely
someone here is competent in Arabic...?
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