In addition to Western and Eastern Arabic numeral symbols is there any other numeral symbols in active use nowadays? There is 460 decimal (46 numeral set) and 224 non-decimal number in Unicode, which ones are in use? (You can use BabelPad to see the numeral Unicode characters)

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Yes, there are several systems of numeral symbols in active use; for example, Chinese numbers are in very active use.

Many of the systems are described to some extent in the Unicode Standard; start from section 15.3 Numerals to find such info.

  • Thanks, In china photos I see they use Western Arabic, Is Chinese numbers are used concurrently with it? Which others numeral systems are used officially? – PHPst Jan 20 '13 at 8:30
  • @PHPst The Chinese numerals are used where we would use words: 五 means "five" while 5 means "5". – Damian Yerrick Feb 4 '15 at 21:36

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