[Python-Dev] Python and the Unicode Character Database

Neil Hodgson nyamatongwe at gmail.com
Thu Dec 2 13:40:45 CET 2010

Stephen J. Turnbull:

> Here's why: '''print "%d" %
> some_integer''' doesn't now, and never will (unless Kristan gets his
> Python 2.8<wink>), produce Arabic or Han numerals.  Not in any
> language I know of, not in Microsoft Excel, and definitely not in
> Python 2.

   While I don't have Excel to test with, OpenOffice.org Calc will
display in Arabic or Han numerals using the NatNum format codes.

> Ditto Arabic, I
> would imagine; ISO 8859/6 (aka Latin/Arabic) does not contain the
> Arabic digits that have been presented here earlier AFAICT.  Note that
> there's plenty of space for them in that code table (eg, 0xB0-0xB9 is
> empty).  Apparently nobody *ever* thought it was useful to have them!

   DOS code page 864 does use 0xB0-0xB9 for ٠ .. ٩.


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