From: John Dlugosz (JDlugosz@tradestation.com)
Date: Mon Jun 07 2010 - 14:37:29 CDT
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> To: email@example.com; Kenneth Whistler
> Subject: Re: Hexadecimal digits
> On Friday 04 June 2010 12:43:33 pm Kenneth Whistler wrote:
> > And that is why prefixes such as "0x" were invented, so as
> > to disambiguate explicitly in contexts where syntax or
> > explicit type do not. Ordinary language usage wouldn't ordinarily
> > countenance this kind of ambiguity anyway -- it is a completely
> > artificial example.
> The whole point is to get the tonal/hexadecimal number system adopted
> ordinary everyday use. This kind of ambiguity is an obstacle.
> > > Just two examples I can think of offhand that make a-f
> > ASCII a-f to express hexadecimal digits are standard in every
> > significant programming language syntax, as well as for numeric
> > character references that are used ubiquitously now to refer to
> > characters in HTML and XML. So I'd say they are probably
> > sufficient for some millions of programmers and some hundreds of
> > millions of web users.
> But again, I'm not talking about programming. My four year old can
> grasp tonal
> just as well as she could decimal had I been teaching that. Now if I
> using the a-f notation, she would be (reasonably) confused as to why
> numbers are unique, but *other* numbers are also letters.
Won't your child have problems dealing with other people, reading labels, counting money, etc.?
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