[uf-discuss] First version of Currency proposal
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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