[Python-Dev] Python and the Unicode Character Database

Alexander Belopolsky alexander.belopolsky at gmail.com
Fri Dec 3 00:11:24 CET 2010

On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 5:58 PM, M.-A. Lemburg <mal at egenix.com> wrote:
>> I will change my mind on this issue when you present a
>> machine-readable file with Arabic-Indic numerals and a program capable
>> of reading it and show that this program uses the same number parsing
>> algorithm as Python's int() or float().
> Have you had a look at the examples I posted ? They include texts
> and tables with numbers written using east asian arabic numerals.

Yes, but this was all about output.  I am pretty sure TeX was able to
typeset Qur'an in all its glory long before Unicode was invented.
Yet, in machine readable form it would be something like {\quran 1}
(invented directive).   I have asked for a file that is intended for
machine processing, not for human enjoyment in print or on a display.
 I claim that if such file exists, the program that reads it does not
use the same rules as Python and converting non-ascii digits would be
a tiny portion of what that program does.

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