Re: Hexadecimal digits?

From: Chris Jacobs (
Date: Mon Nov 10 2003 - 20:08:24 EST

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    How about the elves? I have seen rumours that they write numbers with the
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    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Jill Ramonsky
    Sent: Monday, November 10, 2003 4:49 PM
    Subject: RE: Hexadecimal digits?

    Sorry, but I have to correct you. You state below that "[my] argument
    doesn't work". This is slightly confusing because I haven't proposed any
    arguments, beyond that I support the inclusion into Unicode of hex digits
    which are distinct from the letters A to Z.

    I can only assume you are suggesting that the "natural sort" algorithm works
    in decimal but not in hex. If so, I should mention that (1) it wasn't me who
    invented the natural sort algorithm, so I can't take credit for that in any
    radix, and (2) there is absolutely no reason why it wouldn't work in radix
    sixteen just as it would in radix ten. For example 77 and 100 get sorted in
    the order (77, 100), not (100, 77) in EVERY radix in which the digits 0, 1
    and 7 exist. This is true in base eight. It is true in base ten. It is true
    in base sixteen. It is even true in base 68431. In fact, the only things the
    natural sort algorithim need to know are (a) which characters represent
    digits and which ones don't, and (b) what is the numerical value of each
    such digit.

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