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Years and non-Latin scripts

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Huon (talkcontribs)

Over on Wikipedia you argued that Chinese languages write years in Latin characters. That may be true for modern Chinese. But literary Chinese ? Please provide a source confirming that literary Chinese referred to the year 2221 as either "2221" or "2221年". Also note that Google Translate doesn't deal correctly with numbers even when the language in question clearly does not use Latin characters for numbers, such as Bangla (compare Prothom Alo, the leading Bangladeshi newspaper, which gives dates in Bengal characters).

PokestarFan (talkcontribs)

They don't. And there is no automated way to set up a system that does without going into bots and translate API

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Huon (talkcontribs)

Then we should not not use an automated system to add incorrect labels. Did you check which of the languages for which you added labels use a Latin script for dates and which don't?

PokestarFan (talkcontribs)

I know for a fact that:

  1. Chinese
  2. Bengali
  3. Hindi
  4. Arabic
  5. Arabic-like languages
Huon (talkcontribs)

I would be more impressed by your factual knowledge of Bengali if I hadn't already provided the main newspaper of Bangladesh using Bengali numerals. For the fun of it, here's the oldest newspaper in Iran, in Farsi (is that "Arabic-like"?), with Eastern Arabic numerals which differ from those used in the West. Here is a Maharashtra Times article on "2016 bollywood films that you must watch in 2017"; note that despite the heavy use of English (with the corresponding numerals), they use non-Arabic numerals once they switch to writing in Marathi. Nepali. On the bright side, Japanese, Korean, Kurdish, Tajik, Thai and, rather surprisingly, Urdu seem to use the regular (Western) Arabic numerals. So at best it's a hit-and-miss. Dead languages like Gothic or Latin are almost guaranteed to use different numerals (particularly Latin!). Personally I'd advise you to remove or correct all languages which you aren't sure about.

PokestarFan (talkcontribs)

The thing is that I have over 200 languages. It is hard to find the language codes for them.