RE: Hexadecimal digits

From: John Dlugosz (
Date: Mon Jun 07 2010 - 14:37:29 CDT

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    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: [] On
    > Behalf Of Luke-Jr
    > Sent: Friday, June 04, 2010 12:57 PM
    > To:; 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
    > for
    > ordinary everyday use. This kind of ambiguity is an obstacle.
    > > > Just two examples I can think of offhand that make a-f
    > insufficient.
    > >
    > > 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
    > were
    > using the a-f notation, she would be (reasonably) confused as to why
    > *some*
    > 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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