Robert Lozyniak wrote:
>Why is "1" called simply "DIGIT ONE" instead of "EUROPEAN DIGIT
>ONE" or "LATIN DIGIT ONE" [...]
Perhaps because the digits used in Europe are actually called "Arabic digits". But if they named U+0030 "ARABIC DIGIT ONE", there would have been a confusion with the digits used in Arabic countries. The latter digits, by the way, are actually called "Hindi digits". But if they named them U+0661 "HINDI DIGIT ONE" (the actual Unicode name is "ARABIC-INDIC DIGIT ONE"), there would have been a confusion with U+0967, which is actually named "DEVANAGARI DIGIT ONE" in Unicode.
>I hear that it is possible to get a digital watch with Arabic
Of course! All the digital watches I've ever seen use the good old Arabic digits. :-)
However, I also have an Arabic *digital* watch that displays Hindi digits. BTW, the hands do not turn counter-clockwise, to my great disappointment.
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