[REBOL] Re: Correct Behaviour? Was False = 2 ????
From: jeff:rebol at: 4-Jul-2001 16:26
> Much as I hate to say it... ;-)
> "First" is ordinal, and can map to any number of things
> besides the cardinal (or natural) numbers.
Indeed. "First" can map to anything, but how it maps is pretty
clear, it refers to the element at position one (whatever
position one is defined as). For example, Zeroth is defined
in meriam-websters as the element numbered zero (at position
zero)-- so we have to have introduce ZEROTH before can
reindex all of REBOL and break all existing scripts.
> The first natural number is zero.
That's only if you are indexing the natural numbers 1 based,
but if you're indexing the natural numbers zero based, then
zero is in position zero, (zero is numbered zero in your
list of numbers) so zero is the zeroth number.
> My "first" name is Joel.
Ahh, so you've got a one base indexed name, huh?
> And, as I mentioned earlier, the first house in my block
> has an index (street number) of 1262.
Which, I guess, is the house in position 1? If the mailman
is a zero based indexer, does the first house get his
neighbor's mail? (;