[bitcoin-dev] Human readable checksum (verification code) to avoid errors on BTC public addresses

ts ts at cronosurf.com
Sat Aug 21 04:52:26 UTC 2021

Hello Karl,

Yes, I agree in general. But while the visual checksum could be sometimes more interesting and 
even useful, I guess that the technically simpler solution might be more likely to be adopted. 
And also less prone to error. Just a thought.


Karl wrote on 8/19/21 4:05 PM:
> Something that could work really well here could be having a norm of using the checksum for 
> bright colors, weights, sizes, capitalizations, and/or spacing of the characters of the 
> address, making different addresses more clearly visually distinct.
> Ethereum uses mixed case to do this a little bit: 
> https://eips.ethereum.org/EIPS/eip-55#implementation 
> <https://eips.ethereum.org/EIPS/eip-55#implementation>
> It seems to me the checksum at the end of the address is sufficient for differentiating error, 
> but making a checksum more visually distinctive is indeed an opportunity to add another 
> digest, reducing collisions and such.

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