Re: CSUR Tonal

From: Luke-Jr (
Date: Mon Jul 26 2010 - 11:33:40 CDT

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    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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