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Re: VMs: French Website

> I also wonder if the VMS is dated before 771 AD when Dwbnt introduced the
> concept of the zero to mathematics. Before that, numbers were written using
> letters, such as CCXXIII. This would account for "words" in the VMS that use
> multiple letters.

I have seen roman numeral style numbers mentioned a bunch of times, but has
anyone considered ancient Hebrew style numbers?  Each letter of the alphabet
represented a number... best to show by example:

a 1
b 2
c 3
d 4
e 5
f 6
g 7
h 8
i 9
j 10
k 20
l 30
m 40
n 50
o 60
p 70
q 80
r 90
s 100
t 200

So, 256 would have been written: tnf.  Normally these types of numbers were
prefixed with a Number Sign.  Maybe <qo>?  They key thing is, this would
produce different character arrangements then Roman numerals.

Now, I am trying to remember other cultures/languages that used the same
strategy.  The only one I can think of off hand at the moment is Modern
Brail (well, it is true, though not very applicable).  :-)

Ted Young

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