Re: Assigning a plane for mapping digits for many different bases

From: Luke-Jr (
Date: Wed Mar 09 2011 - 14:07:05 CST

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    On Wednesday, March 09, 2011 2:17:21 pm Julian Bradfield wrote:
    > On 2011-03-09, Peter Constable <> wrote:
    > > From: David Starner []
    > >
    > >> I don't understand your message.
    > >>;page=root;view=
    > >> image;size=100;seq=15;num=7 shows a page from a book on the duodecimal
    > >> system that
    > >> uses two completely new characters for 10 and 11, that can
    > >> not be unified with any other characters in Unicode.
    > >
    > > If there are characters in established usage that are truly new and
    > > that cannot be unified with existing characters, then they can be
    > > considered for encoding. It's not clear to me that the characters on
    > > that page for ten and eleven satisfy those criteria. In particular,
    > > the character for ten appears to be nothing more than LATIN CAPITAL
    > > LETTER T. I can't tell what the letterform for eleven is--whether
    > > it's some kind of script l or a script-form ligature of e and l.
    > Not at all. The numeral for ten is clearly NOT a LATIN CAPITAL LETTER
    > T - rather, it's a symbol that has been designed to be reminiscent of
    > but distinct from a T (compare it with the Ts on the same page);
    > similarly the eleven symbol is a special sort that is like L but not
    > the same. This is explained on page 15: (duodecimal), which since the
    > OCR doesn't understand non-decimal page numbers is reached by going to
    > (decimal) page 15 in the jump to page box.
    > Of course, as it says, T and L can be used if you don't have the
    > special sorts.

    More relevant, in my experience: how many people actually use this number
    system? The tonal number system (base 8*2) has entirely new digits for the
    high range, yet Unicode won't even consider encoding it without a large
    community of actual usage.

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