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

James Kass jameskass at
Tue Dec 29 13:30:00 CST 2020

On 2020-12-29 6:37 PM, Zach Lym via Unicode wrote:
> If those numbers are accurate, then there isn't enough of a critical mass
> to justify the implementation effort.  Not if you aren't also going to
> translate keywords....

Figure 4 from N5076 shows an Adlam calculator app.

Third party developers exist and members of less used writing systems 
learn to code.  Even in the absence of critical mass, gaps get filled 
and needs get met.

Unicode’s rôle is to provide a standard means of exchanging and storing 
non-Western digits as well as assigning properites and so forth to 
them.  Libraries such as CLDR exist to help implementers, and members of 
the actual user communities seem happy to help with keyword translation.

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