[uf-discuss] First version of Currency proposal

Scott Reynen scott at randomchaos.com
Fri Oct 13 05:47:41 PDT 2006

On Oct 13, 2006, at 1:55 AM, Karl Dubost wrote:

> 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

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

Good point.  Can we get some examples of Japanese currency publishing  
in the wiki?  I'd lean towards making this machine-readable without  
listing every unit for every currency, e.g.:

<abbr class="amount" title="1000">一千</abbr><abbr class="currency"  

Otherwise, we face the task of defining currency units, and that's  
likely to be a huge headache for us and I think actually more work  
for publishers to track down the appropriate unit symbol.  Consider  

The car costs $20k.
I sold my old baseball cards for five benjamins.
The war has cost $500 billion so far.

These will require either special pre-defined units for "k,"  
"benjamins," and "billion" or use of <abbr> to provide a machine- 
readable equivalent in a standard (dollar) unit.  I think the latter  
is much simpler.


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