Re: Colours

From: Jim DeLaHunt (delahunt@Adobe.COM)
Date: Fri Oct 20 2000 - 13:40:28 EDT

At 06:34 PM 10/19/2000 -0800, wrote:
>Are there languages you might need to encode where
>colour is important? (such as, if a certain shape
>in red is one letter, but in blue it is a different

In the United States there is an orthography for financial statements that
uses colour to convey meaning. Positive numbers are written in black;
negative numbers are written in red. Negative numbers are also often
denoted by parentheses around the number, but not always. So in one
variant of the orthography colour is the only carrier for the information,
in another variant it is one of multiple carriers, and in a third variant,
it's the only carrier of the information.

For example:
   Positive number: $100 <in normal colour, eg black>
   Negative numbers: $100 <in red>, ($100) <in red>, ($100) <in normal colour>

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