On Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 4:09 PM, Noopur Raval <nra...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hey folks,
> Shiju has published an interesting post on numerals in an Indic context.
>  It's a really fascinating overview - including how numerals are depicted
> across Indic languages, their use across languages, the policies adopted by
> the various Indic communities, the need for some community decisions to
> take things forward, a bit of Shiju's personal grumble on the fact that
> Hindi film posters are no longer in Hindi :-) and a picture of a Northern
> Railways bed sheet!
> Intrigued?  Read more on either on  
> meta<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Program/Indic_Languages/Numerals_in_Indic_Languages_&_Indic_language_Wikipedias>
>  and
> or the Chapter 
> blog<http://blog.wikimedia.in/2012/06/01/numerals-in-indic-languages-indic-wikipedias-2/>
> .
> [1]
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Program/Indic_Languages/Numerals_in_Indic_Languages_%26_Indic_language_Wikipedias
> [2]
> http://blog.wikimedia.in/2012/06/01/numerals-in-indic-languages-indic-wikipedias-2/

Good read. Thanks for the post Shiju.

Coincidentally I came across Kaplan's blog[1] about digits and numbers just
yesterday. It was a good read, also throws in implementation (technical +
usage) related issues. I would also like to ask Shiju if Wikipedia
community has the right to adopt the say its own numeral standard without
considering the fact that whole world does not use it. Can Wikipedia be
used as medium to introduce language changes or should the task be just
documenting things?

I ask this because we are also having similar debates about language
style[2] (not to be confused with grantha, which is planned to be discussed
later as grantha will have similar factors + additional factors for
consideration.) and if a Wikipedia can introduce a new language style(not
sentence constructs, but new forms of words[again not technical words, but
new words for nouns which are in popular use] on its own without an
external guideline and there are different thoughts.


[1] http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2005/01/24/359347.aspx
[2] http://tawp.in/r/3n4


PS: May I also please ask you to add a Copyright notice on blog(similar to
copied text/images wmf blog) since the same is pasted from meta.
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