Date: Sun Aug 17 2003 - 10:12:40 EDT
In connection with the discussion about hexadecimal characters, one might
find of interest my solution to the problem. As background, I developed a code
for the unique identification of all recorded knowledge and information and
proposed a universal system at a conference in Tokyo in 1967. Since then, my
colleagues and I have been waiting for technology to develop to the stage that
would make a universal information access system an essential component of a
Global Information Infrastructure.
The technology is now here in bandwidth, processing speed and power, and cost
of storage. Our alphanumeric code in a structured format has been
supplemented with a 64-bt unique identifier for machine interaction also in a structured
format. The standard keyboard would be replaced by one with 20 additional
special function keys. Sixteen of these keys would have 16 color coded dots
representing the hexadecimal coding. When the input is shifted to the universal
code, the first two keys entered would automatically represent a Unicode
character. The first 16 bits of the 17th bit field would represent the hexadecimal
characters. The remaining 64-bits would identify devices, subject terms and
phrases, proper names, geographic segments, documents and items in the system. The
system is designed to handle both public and private information.
Howard J. Hilton, Ph.D.
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