Re: Unicode is universal, so how come that universality doesn’t apply to digits?

Markus Scherer at
Tue Dec 29 13:28:23 CST 2020

On Tue, Dec 29, 2020 at 10:41 AM Zach Lym via Unicode <unicode at>

> Trying to reboot this conversation, what *demand* is there for supporting
> non-latin digits?

There are hundreds of millions of people in the Arabic-speaking world, in &
near Iran, in parts of India, ... that routinely use and prefer their
native digits.

If those numbers are accurate, then there isn't enough of a critical mass
> to justify the implementation effort.

What effort? Given basic Unicode support in many programming languages and
libraries, it takes minutes to go from parsing ASCII digits to parsing any
& all decimal digits.

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