From: Dave Gomboc (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-09-02 21:16:46
> o Are the names 'binary_int' and 'binary_nibble' good names?
> Pavel Vozenilek, who has very kindly been my Boost mentor,
> suggests 'bits' and 'nibble' may be better names.
"nibble" sounds like taking a small bite, and AFAIK, that's precisely why
it's called that! But in computing, bite is spelled byte, and similarly,
four binary bits make up a nybble (also using a 'y'). At least, AFAIK all
my computing magazines from 20 years ago (back when nybbles were less
unimportant :-) used this spelling; they were printed in the USA.
forwards to nibble, so I imagine that nibble must be common in some
On to your main question:
int refers to the acceptable range (short int <= int <= long int), so I
think binary_int isn't quite what we're looking for.
After trying out a few possibilities, I like the look of
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