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Roman numerals are so close to being in alphabetical order: (i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi, vii, viii, ___, x, xi, xii, xiii, xiv, xvi, xvii, xviii, ___, xx)...
EXCEPT for those darn inversions where you have to write "ix" which screws it up.
I have Word documents named "i. ___", "ii. ____", "iii. ____",
etc. and file #9 gets missorted into the wrong spot in the folder because "ix" looks lower than "v".
So, I invented "WIX" to stand in for the Roman numeral 9. My files stay sorted perfectly now!
Using WIX as 9, YXL as 40, ZL as 50, ZXC as 90, and ZYC as 100, you can make the first 400 Romans stay perfectly ordered. To interpret the number, simply ignore all the W's, Y's, and Z's. For example, "ZXC" = [ignore the Z] XC = 90.
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||Well thought out but the problem with using normal numbers is...?
||I think if it's a choice between asking
the world to revise a 2000 (??) year-old
system of counting, and asking Mr.
Gates to add one more feature to his fat
software, then we ought to be calling
Bill right now.
||IIRC, the Romans wrote their number 9 as viiii. This effete ix business is a much more recent variation.
||So the problem is really
a) Windows, for not recognizing Roman numerals, or
b) you, for using Roman numerals on a computer
||Of course, using Arabic numbers, you still have problems once you get to 10, but I'm not going to help you there.
||//using Arabic numbers, you still have
problems once you get to 10// MacOs
understands numeric filenames, and
will put "2file" before "10file" in a
directory listing. Likewise "file2"
appears before "file10" etc.
||I, also, have endured the pain of file renaming from:
and so on, until I got to
||Then renamed them all to be
until I got to
||Then renamed them all to be
||Of course, after this, one tends to name files as File00000001.abc, just to make sure.
||Just number your documents with binary numbers. Then you'll be alright. 00000000, 00000001, 00000010, 00000011, 00000100, etc.
||There's also unary, which will have the benefit of elegantly indenting the newest files:
||I'm stunned by the simplicity of this, and can't wait to enter it into the running for my #1 idiosyncracy. So ... is the long division working for you?
||Also: no need to stop at 100. Although someone should check my work to make sure I didn't make a mistake. (I used alternating smalls and caps to make it easier on my eyes.)
||(why do I feel like I'm reading an Eastern European phone book?)
||Many written languages have used their alphabets as numerals, including Greek, Hebrew and Gothic. We do it to some extent when we go "a), b), c)...".