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7.9.2 References and indexes

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Every construct has a reference and an index. As an example, the plus construct is construct number 588 of the base page. Thus, the plus construct has index 588.

The base page has a reference which is a vector (i.e. a byte vector). In mixed endian hexadecimal, the reference of the base page reads

   01AB1F51C8C17606A5C0331B5689B4858C796547B9A0A4AEF0BCB2BB0806

As mentioned, vectors are represented by naturals (i.e. natural numbers). The natural which represents the base page reads:

   1808492989359574877386826690769022624360933854550060073975721652251503361

In any case, the reference of the base page is a natural, and all constructs defined by the base page have that natural as reference. Thus, the plus construct has index

   588

and reference

   1808492989359574877386826690769022624360933854550060073975721652251503361

The reference of a page is world-wide unique, and the index of each construct defined by a page is unique within the page. Thus, the reference and index of a construct together provide a world-wide unique identification of the construct.

A string also has a reference and an index. The reference is zero and the index is the string itself. Recall that strings are represented by naturals. Thus, the reference and index of any construct are naturals.

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