0-based versus 1-based

Ashley Yakeley ashley@semantic.org
Thu, 27 Sep 2001 16:02:46 -0700

At 2001-09-27 15:16, Tom Pledger wrote:

>Just as a matter of idle curiosity, is there a particular reason for
>tuples starting at element 1 (fst) whereas lists start at element 0?

'fst' (first) is an ordinal. It actually corresponds to the cardinal 
'zero'. The element at zero is the first element. The element at 37 is 
the 38th element. It's quite consistent.

Ashley Yakeley, Seattle WA