Re: Hexadecimal digits?

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Tue Nov 11 2003 - 13:17:11 EST

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    On 11/11/2003 08:19, Jill Ramonsky wrote:

    > This is another strawman argument isn't it? /Nobody on this thread has
    > said they want monospaced alphanumerics./
    > Your examples unfortunately rendered as gibberish on both of my email
    > clients (Microsoft Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird). If it weren't for
    > (1) I'd ask you to repeat that in ASCII, but point (1) would make that
    > rather a waste of time.
    > Jill
    > > -----Original Message-----
    > > From: []
    > > Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2003 3:37 PM
    > > To:
    > > Subject: Re: Hexadecimal digits?
    > >
    > >
    > > .
    > > The Math Alphabets in Plane One already include monospaced
    > > alphanumerics.
    > >
    > > U+����
    > > U+����
    > > U+����
    Jill, I really thought this idea would excite you. Of course it would
    have seemed more exciting if you had used a UTF-8 aware mailer (and/or
    installed Code2000) and not one which somehow converted James' UTF-8
    into Mojibake as above. Here is a set of letters already defined which
    can be used as hex digits, and about which no one much might care if
    they were assigned the numeric properties you want.

    You are right of course about ZWJ. An unaware rendering system and font
    will render <1, ZWJ, 5> as "15". You would have to select the right font
    for it to become "F". Just as you have to select a font with glyphs for
    the monospaced alphanumerics to get them displayed properly. Well, not
    quite "just as", because presumably some time there monospaced
    alphanumerics will make it into standard fonts, but the ligature of 1
    and 5 into F probably will not. So by all means try for a DIGIT
    COMBINING LIGATURE analogous to FRACTION SLASH. It just might fly better
    than pigs!

    Peter Kirk (personal) (work)

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