Big endian vs little endian
Posted Mar 6, 2007 16:34 UTC (Tue) by giraffedata
In reply to: Big endian vs little endian
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Numbers are little-endian in written Arabic and some other languages.
Thanks. I've wondered about that. In those languages, is there a more explicit form of writing numbers, such as the English "three thousand two hundred five"? If so, is it little endian or big endian?
There is a totally inconsistent exception for *telephone* numbers. A
telephone number is a sequence of digits, written from left to right
*even in Arabic*.
I don't see any inconsistency. A telephone number isn't a number; it's just a digit sequence. There's only one sane way to write a telephone number: in the order in which you dial it. And there was only one practical way to build the early telephone switches: most significant digit first.
I know of one such inconsistency, though: Some Chinese is written from right to left with numbers as Western numerals left to right. The reader skips ahead and reads the numeral most significant digit first (as it is spoken).
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