Complex Text Layout Language Support in the Solaris Operating Environment

1.6 Numbers and Dates

For numbers, most countries use the "Arabic" or Western format of ten digits: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0. Some Arabic countries, however, use Hindi digits.

Figure 1-8 Hindi digits


The Solaris operating environment supports both Arabic and Hindi digits. By default, Western language input modes display Arabic numbers while the Arabic input mode displays Hindi numbers, though this is configurable by the user. To change the default, see Step 1 in Section 3.1 CTL Motif Resources.

Arabic countries use both the Gregorian (Western) and Hijri (Islamic) date systems. These and other numeric data, such as time and monetary formats and currency symbol, are managed by the Solaris operating environment locale settings.