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Numeric Name Parts

Idea

 

+issue

I only recently realized that numbers make perfectly fine cardnames, but they don't behave quite like we would expect them too.  I can create cards with the names: 0, 00, and 000000, or 01, 1, 0001 and they are all different cards.  They only sort numericallly if you use a common with and always pad to that width.

 

Similarly, we can put dates into cardnames, but you need a consistent format for the dates or they all name different cards.  The card name model works better if name parts that represent the same abstract thing (a number, a date or a datetime) should have the same keys.

 

+solution

This can be integrated into smartname.  We'll need to come up with the rules for classification and the key representation.  I may have a smartname branch where I was playing with this idea.  My thought was to use capital letters in the first column of the key to select from a number of available key encodings.  The numeric values would have to be padded to a standard maximum width.  Larger values wouldn't be rejected, just fallback to the standard encoding for text strings.

 

 

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