From: Chris Jacobs (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Nov 10 2003 - 20:08:24 EST
How about the elves? I have seen rumours that they write numbers with the
units digit to the left.
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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
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