Mikhail V wrote:
Also I can only hard imagine that special purpose of some language can ignore readability,
Readability is not something absolute that stands on its own. It depends a great deal on what is being expressed.
even if it is assembler or whatever, it can be made readable without much effort.
You seem to be focused on a very narrow aspect of readability, i.e. fine details of individual character glyphs. That's not what we mean when we talk about readability of programs.
So I just look for some other solution for same task, let it be 10 times more code.
Then it will take you 10 times longer to write, and will on average contain 10 times as many bugs. Is that really worth some small, probably mostly theoretical advantage at the typographical level?
That is because that person from beginning (blindly) follows the convention.
What you seem to be missing is that there are *reasons* for those conventions. They were not arbitrary choices.
Ultimately they can be traced back to the fact that our computers are built from two-state electronic devices. That's definitely not an arbitrary choice -- there are excellent physical reasons for it.
Base 10, on the other hand, *is* an arbitrary choice. Due to an accident of evolution, we ended up with 10 easily accessible appendages for counting on, and that made its way into the counting system that is currently the most widely used by everyday people.
So, if anything, *you're* the one who is "blindly following tradition" by wanting to use base 10.
- Better option would be to choose letters and
possibly other glyphs to build up a more readable set. E.g. drop "c" letter and leave "e" due to their optical collision, drop some other weak glyphs, like "l" "h". That is of course would raise many further questions, like why you do you drop this glyph and not this and so on so it will surely end up in quarrel.
Well, that's the thing. If there were large, objective, easily measurable differences between different possible sets of glyphs, then there would be no room for such arguments.
The fact that you anticipate such arguments suggests that any differences are likely to be small, hard to measure and/or subjective.
But I can bravely claim that it is better than *any* hex notation, it just follows from what I have here on paper on my table,
I think "on paper" is the important thing here. I suspect you are looking at the published results from some study or other and greatly overestimating the size of the effects compared to other considerations.