On 2016-10-12 18:56, Mikhail V wrote:
Please don't mix the readability and personal habit, which previuos
repliers seems to do as well. Those two things has nothing
to do with each other.

You keep saying this, but it's quite incorrect. The usage of decimal notation is itself just a convention, and the only reason it's easy for you (and for many other people) is because you're used to it. If you had grown up using only hexadecimal or binary, you would find decimal awkward. There is nothing objectively better about base 10 than any other place-value numbering system. Decimal is just a habit.

Now, it's true that base-10 is at this point effectively universal across human societies, and that gives it a certain claim to primacy. But base-16 (along with base 2) is also quite common in computing contexts. Saying we should dump hex notation because everyone understands decimal is like saying that all signs in Prague should only be printed in English because there are more English speakers in the entire world than Czech speakers. But that ignores the fact that there are more Czech speakers *in Prague*. Likewise, decimal may be more common as an overall numerical notation, but when it comes to referring to Unicode code points, hexadecimal is far and away more common.

Just look at the Wikipedia page for Unicode, which says: "Normally a Unicode code point is referred to by writing "U+" followed by its hexadecimal number." That's it. You'll find the same thing on unicode.org. The unicode code point is hardly even a number in the usual sense; it's just a label that identifies the character. If you have an issue with using hex to represent unicode code points, your issue goes way beyond Python, and you need to take it up with the Unicode consortium. (Good luck with that.)

Brendan Barnwell
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