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Drew Heath
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Someone has to ask the easy questions to make you old geezers feel smart

Why does Go notation omit the letter i? To my surprise, I have been unable to Google up an explanation.
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Jeffrey Nolin
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There is no 'I' in team. Likewise in Go.
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Too much chance of confusion with lowercase j.
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In a lot of scripts I and J look similar, so skipping I was standard practice in a lot of fields a century ago.
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Also avoids confusion with lowercase "l" and the digit "1", I suppose. I've seen "I" skipped in various contexts (not just Go notation) for this readability reason. (E.g. some random password or other random text generators have options to not produce 0 & O, I & l, etc...)
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Yeah. What they said. It's due to possible reading confusion. I think it started with some Go programs, and was taken from there. I've heard of older go programs still showing the letter 'i'.
 
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What's annoying is that it's not consistently skipped. I can't remember exactly where, but there is an online site I've played at and a .sgf editor I've used that were at odds on this. It wasn't an issue until I tried to manually edit the .sgf file, at which point my brain exploded.
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longagoigo wrote:
There is no 'I' in team. Likewise in Go.

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