There is no limit on the length of a passphrase,
Mark H. Wood
mwood at IUPUI.Edu
Wed Oct 22 16:29:38 CEST 2008
On Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 08:15:13AM -0400, Robert J. Hansen wrote:
> Glyph = one symbol in a language. It could be a single English letter,
> a single Chinese ideogram, or a single Hangul phoneme. The more glyphs
> in your passphrase, the more entropy you have (usually). English
> accumulates about 1.5 bits of entropy per glyph.
Nitpick: a glyph is a specific drawn letterform. There are many ways
to draw, for example, a "Roman capital A" (serif/sans, upright/slant/italic,
various degrees of boldness or extension, innumerable sizes and many artsy
styles) but they all map to one Unicode code point and one encoding in
e.g. ASCII. A glyph is a representation of a language symbol, but not
the symbol itself. All of those variants are members of the class "Roman
A passphrase *could* be an image, but usually is a sequence of
character codes. So, although most readers probably understood
"glyph" in the way I believe it was meant, I think we should be using
some other word.
Mark H. Wood, pedantic nitwit mwood at IUPUI.Edu
Typically when a software vendor says that a product is "intuitive" he
means the exact opposite.
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