[NTG-context] arab (omega)

Idris Samawi Hamid ishamid at colostate.edu
Sun Jun 25 19:38:37 CEST 2006

On Sun, 25 Jun 2006 02:08:37 -0600, Taco Hoekwater <taco at elvenkind.com>  

> My guess is you could just remove the punctuation support from the
> current OTP. If a user really needs to say "1.2 million", (s)he can
> just write  $1.2$ instead, which is more or less standard TeX
> practice anyway.
> It is my understanding that the contents of $$ is unaffected by
> OTPs (and if it is not, it should be made so. Math is a language
> on its own).

ok, it's done. The new ocp is here:  

and the instructions are here:


Now, in normal text, +, -, and . are treated as separators, not plus sign,  
minus, and decimal point. If you want math use $$ etc. but then you will  
get the math font not omarb (which is standard practice in the  
Arabic-script world).

I have no idea if this affects Hans' solution (have not upgraded yet);  
this is all experimental so things may change.

An aside: Classical Arabic is more sensical. Consider the number 3721. In  
classical Arabic one says, "one and twenty and and seven hundred and three  
thousand", which makes much more sense for a r-l language. So one would  
write the numeral from r to l and it would look the same. How decimals  
would be handled in the classical case needs a bit of research


Professor Idris Samawi Hamid
Department of Philosophy
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523

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