[uf-discuss] First version of Currency proposal

Karl Dubost karl at w3.org
Thu Oct 12 23:55:25 PDT 2006

Le 06-10-12 à 23:18, Scott Reynen a écrit :
>>> <span class="money"><abbr class="amount" title="0.99">99</abbr><abbr
>>> class="currency" title="USD">¢</abbr></span>
>> This is the sort of absurdity that the credit card advertisers
>> engage in.
> I'm not sure what this means.  Do you not think 99¢ means  
> fundamentally the same thing as 0.99USD?
>> What you see is 99 and what you get is less than 1.
> That's only true if you consider the value outside the context of  
> the currency, and I don't know why anyone would do that.  "99" is a  
> meaningless monetary value without a currency assigned.  If the  
> currency is going to be optional, I think it at least needs to be  
> implied.  Otherwise we just have a number with no idea what it  
> means.  And if there's an established currency, then why not use  
> the unit already explicitly defined by that currency's ISO 4217  
> code?  Why throw away the "D" in "USD"?

"The first two letters of the code are the two letters of ISO 3166-1  
alpha-2 country codes"

There are also issues in the way you divide numbers. In many  
countries, number are organized by sequence of 3 digits. For example,  
in Japan

           10 yen = ju(10) yen
         1000 yen = ichi(1) sen yen
but    10000 yen = ichi(1) man yen (and not ju sen yen)

      10000   万       man
       1000   千       sen

	wa-on     kan-on    mandarin
  1 一   hito       ichi     yi
  2 二   futa       ni       ar, liang *
  3 三   mi         san      san
  4 四   yon        shi *    si
  5 五   itsutsu    go       wu
  6 六   mu         roku     liu
  7 七   nana       shichi * qi
  8 八   ya         hachi    ba
  9 九   kokonotsu  kyuu     jiu
10 十   tou        jyuu     shi

And this is actually used in daily life, in case people think its a  
corner case.

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