**From:** Clark Cox (*clarkcox3@gmail.com*)

**Date:** Tue Jan 18 2005 - 17:17:25 CST

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On Tue, 18 Jan 2005 23:16:31 +0100 (CET), Philippe VERDY

<verdy_p@wanadoo.fr> wrote:

*> > If one should philosophize on the question of general multi-byte encodings
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*> > (or rather "transformation formats"), then UTF-BSS uses a leading byte the
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*> > number of bytes displayed in a unary number format, numbers of base 1. In
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*> > fact, in a computer, it is more efficient to use binary numbers :-), so I
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*> > would probably put a binary number there for instead. One could still use
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*> > the unary number idea in order to indicate the length of the binary numbers.
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*> If I want to philosophe, the only UNARY number that exists is ZERO.
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*> Unary number(s!) is not making an arithmetic.
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*> I suppose you meant BINARY throughout... because numbers of base 1 DON'T EXIST!
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*> (just ask yourself what is the definition of a base for numbers, and think about powers of this base to scale each digit: 1^n equals 1 for scaling every digit position n, so all digits scale by the same factor. To be a unique representation of numbers in that system, the only satisfying integer is zero...)
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One could argue that tally marks are a unary numbering system :) Each

digit has a value of 1:

1 = 1

2 = 11

3 = 111

4 = 1111

5 = 11111

6 = 111111

7 = 1111111

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