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In digital computing, hexadecimal is primarily used to represent bytes. Attempts to represent the 256 possible byte values by other means have led to problems. Directly representing each possible byte value with a single character representation runs into unprintable control characters in the ASCII character set. Even if a standard set of printable characters were devised for every byte value, neither users nor input hardware are equipped to handle 256 unique characters. Most hex editing software displays each byte as a single character, but unprintable characters are usually substituted with a period or blank.
In situations where there is no context, a hexadecimal number might be ambiguous and confused with numbers expressed in other bases. There are several conventions for unambiguously expressing values. In mathematics, a subscript (itself written in decimal) is often used on each number explicitly giving the base: 15910 is decimal 159; 15916 is hexadecimal 159 which is equal to 34510. Some authors prefer a text subscript, such as 159decimal and 159hex.
In linear text systems, such as those used in most computer programming environments, a variety of methods have arisen:
%20is the space (blank) character, code 20 hex, or 32 decimal.
. Color references are expressed in hex prefixed with
#FFFFFFwhich gives white.
0x5A3for numeric constants. Character and string constants may express character codes in hexadecimal with the prefix
\xfollowed by two hex digits:
'\x1B'(specifies the Esc control character),
"\x1B[0m\x1B[25;1H"is a string containing 11 characters (not including an implied trailing NUL).To output a value as hexadecimal with the printf function family, the format conversion code
U+followed by the hex value:
U+20ACis the Euro sign (€).
=, as in
Espa=F1ato send "España" (Spain). (Hexadecimal F1, equal to decimal 241, is the code number for the lower case n with tilda in the ISO/IEC 8859-1 character set.)
05A3H. Some implementations require a leading zero when the first hexadecimal digit character is not a decimal digit:
$as a prefix:
8'hFF, where 8 is the number of bits in the value and FF is the hexadecimal constant.
16#5A3. Binary data (such as image pixels) can be expressed as unprefixed consecutive hexadecimal pairs:
X'5A3'are sometimes seen, such as in PL/I. This is the most common format for hexadecimal on IBM mainframes (zSeries) and midrange computers (iSeries) running traditional OS's (zOS, zVSE, zVM, TPF, OS/400), and is used in Assembler, PL/1, Cobol, JCL, scripts, commands and other places. This format was common on other (and now obsolete) IBM systems as well.
The choice of the letters A through F to represent the digits above nine was not universal in the early history of computers. During the 1950s, some installations favored using the digits 0 through 5 with a macron character ("¯") to indicate the values 10-15. Users of Bendix G-15 computers used the letters U through Z. Bruce A. Martin of Brookhaven National Laboratory considered the choice of A-F "ridiculous" and in 1968 proposed in a letter to the editor of the ACM an entirely new set of symbols based on the bit locations, which did not gain
Not only are there no digits to represent the quantities from ten to fifteen—so letters are used as a substitute—but most Western European languages also lack a nomenclature to name hexadecimal numbers. "Thirteen" and "fourteen" are decimal-based, and even though English has names for several non-decimal powers: pair for the first binary power; score for the first vigesimal power; dozen, gross, and great gross for the first three duodecimal powers. However, no English name describes the hexadecimal powers (corresponding to the decimal values 16, 256, 4096, 65536, ...). Some people read hexadecimal numbers digit by digit like a phone number: 4DA is "four-dee-eh". However, the letter 'A' sounds similar to eight, 'C' sounds similar to three, and 'D' can easily be mistaken for the 'ty' suffix: Is it 4D or forty? Other people avoid confusion by using the NATO phonetic alphabet: 4DA is "four-delta-alpha". Similarly, some use the Joint Army/Navy Phonetic Alphabet ("four-dog-able"), or a similar ad hoc system.
Since four squared is sixteen, powers of four have an even easier relation:
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