On 02/26/2015 12:14 PM, Oleg Andreev wrote:
>> Base43 is the same as any BaseX standard, but using a different alphabet
>> (43 characters). It's meant to be used for efficiently storing binary
>> data into QR codes. The alphabet is picked to match the 'Alphanumeric'
>> input mode of QR codes as closely as possible, but at the same time be
>> allowed in URIs.
> Does it mean Base58 or Base64 take more space in QR code than Base43? Do you 
> have an estimate of the gains? 

Both Base58 and Base64 force QR codes into binary encoding. Base64 can
take 6 bits per char, binary of course has 8 bits per char. So you're
wasting 25% of space if you use Base64, a little bit more with Base58.

Base43 takes log2(43) = 5.43 bits per char, while each char uses up 5.5
bits in QR codes in 'Alphanumeric' encoding. So that's a waste of 1.3%.

Source for QR code standard: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_code

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