Abakus FS

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Abakus FS, a font that allows ample abacus representation.

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Uppercase Latin is the suanpan, the Chinese abacus. The extra beads give it some more computational power, especially in multiplication and division. Letters STUVWX show the suspended bead technique, which extends the suanpan even further.

Comment by Crane89 2nd april 2023

Lowercase Latin a-l show the older Japanese model with five lower beads, a transition between the suanpan the the soroban used today. If you imagine its heaven bead as having a value of six instead of five, it also works as a duodecimal abacus.

Comment by Crane89 2nd april 2023

Latin lowercase q-z shows the chortkeh, the Persian abacus, containing nine beads per rod, each bead with a value of one. It is the most straightforward abacus for the decimal number system, good for those who are confused by earth and heaven beads of East Asian models. Since its reckoning bar is on the bottom of the frame, the unit rod marker dot is the ! character.

Comment by Crane89 2nd april 2023

Numbers 0-9 will produce the Japanese soroban, the most common abacus today. The vertical bar | is used to draw the edges, while # will mark the previous rod with a dot on the reckoning bar, marking the unit rod.

Comment by Crane89 2nd april 2023

Cyrillic uppercase results in the schoty, the Russian abacus. With ten beads per wire, it was widely used in Soviet Union shops until the 1970's. Letters ЛМНОП show the quarter ruble rod with only four beads. 

Comment by Crane89 2nd april 2023

Uppercase Greek shows the nepohualtzintzin, the Mesoamerican abacus. Made of maize seeds on horizontal wires, the seeds tumble back and forth toward the reckoning bar. It uses a vigesimal number system. The unit place marker is @.

Comment by Crane89 2nd april 2023

Lowercase Greek has a number of small number base abaci. Alpha to theta is an octal abacus with a middle reckoning bar: the heaven bead has a value of four.

Comment by Crane89 2nd april 2023

Lambda to pi is a senary abacus. In senary numbers all prime numbers bigger than 3 end in 1 or 5.

Comment by Crane89 2nd april 2023

Final sigma to upsilon is a quaternary abacus. The DNA in the cells of living beings is essencially a quaternary system of information.

Comment by Crane89 2nd april 2023

Chi and psi make a binary abacus. The binary number system is the basis of electronic computers everywhere.

Comment by Crane89 2nd april 2023

Armenian uppercase from ayb to men is a vigesimal abacus in a more familian configuration of beads sliding in vertical rods. Like the nepohualtzintzin, its unit rod marker is @.

Comment by Crane89 2nd april 2023

Armenian uppercase ra to oh shows the typical Japanese soroban, but active beads are black while inactive beads are white.

Comment by Crane89 2nd april 2023
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Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 3rd april 2023

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