From: Mark E. Shoulson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon May 18 2009 - 21:13:59 CDT
Thomas LAMBERT wrote:
> I'm currently writing a web application for music theory, and in this
> app (and in general in music) i would like to promote the use of the
> dozenal (duodecimal) system, because it will make additions of
> intervals very easier (among other advantages).
> For quite some time i've been roaming in unicode pages to find 2
> perfects characters to complete the decimal numbers with no luck.
> Cause A and B reprensente notes in music, so i decided not to use them
> to avoid confusion.
> X and E are suggested too but roman numbers are also used in music to
> represent chords relatively to a scale so X may be a bad choice.
I know the Dozenal Society also uses * and #, but that would be even
more disastrous in music, given the importance of ♯.
> I was wondering if you had any advice for me ?
> For example, one problem i come across is that the decimal number are
> normalized in height, and i cannot find a char that COULD BE a number
> : they always stand out (different baseline, different height). What
> code chart do you suggest ?
> Also they will have to be readable by any unicode implementation/font.
> Is that a concern ?
> Or should i just take letter to simplify ?
> Here is it what i found best : 123456789ðꜪ
I am pretty sure that this problem is outside the scope of this list,
though it is fun to comb through the character list in search of
interesting candidates (⑩, ⑪? Would look terrible, and confusing. You
could use ɸ or something like it, which at least resembles a 1 and a
0... Good luck). But I think the Unicode community appreciates your
intention to use existing characters in inventing your orthography,
rather than making up another one we'd have to see in use and argue about.
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