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Currently Nitpick uses a hexidecimal encoding for the issue identifiers. This is common, but the full length identifiers are quite long. As I discussed in http://travisbrown.ca/blog.html#TooMuchAboutDistributedBugTracking2013-04-20 it's possible to use other encodings, most of which have higher densities. The hexidecimal encoding requires 64 characters for the full identifier. One obvious encoding would be base36 (a-z0-9) which would only require 50 characters. Base32 has a few variants which avoid characters which look alike. It would only require 52 characters.

travisb 2013-05-10 19:17:02
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Date: 2013-05-10 19:17:02
User: travisb

I've thought about this and it doesn't seem worth the effort. Since Nitpick will disambiguate partial bug IDs you won't normally need more than 8 characters anyways and the savings from base32 or base36 aren't that great.


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