From: Luke-Jr (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Jul 26 2010 - 11:33:40 CDT
On Monday, July 26, 2010 09:55:30 am Doug Ewell wrote:
> A superscript letter, representing the multiplier or divisor, before or
> after the base unit would be plain text.
In my experimenting with fonts, I also noticed that the Unicode superscripts
mentioned by Kent have a lower floor from that which is defined by Tonal, at
least with Luxi Mono. Would this be a reason to encode them separately, or
should the particular rendering floor be considered a font issue?
> Note that this problem doesn't stop there; the tonal-system mechanism of
> inventing short words for higher orders of multiplication is unspecified
> beyond the (decimal) quadrillions, which is inadequate for many
> scientific needs.
There are many shortcomings of the Tonal system, which this proposal is not
intended to address. However, it seems unfair to *assume* a shortcoming when
other possibilities exist. Also, do note that your "quadrillions" equivalency
is based on number of zero digits. The actual decimal equivalent is in fact
about 18 quintillion.
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