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So I’ve been thinking about creating a golflang somewhat inspired by Jelly, but I’ve decided for it to be encoded in a 9-bit codepage, so that there are 512 possible characters to use. I can come up with a few different ways to score this, but I want to know what the recommended scoring method would be.
Just count each character as 1 byte. This doesn’t seem fair, though, since there’s more information per character than in languages with an 8-bit codepage, so I wouldn’t recommend this.
Count each character as 1.125 bytes. This would probably be the closest thing there is to a direct equivalence. The final result can either be left as a fractional value or rounded up, since a file in this encoding would have to be padded with up to seven bits at the end to make it an integer number of bytes.
Count each character as 2 bytes, as in UTF-16. This would be the way my files would normally be stored before being compressed into the 1.125 bytes per character format.
What do you think?