Representing a Key as a Sentence

By Deane Barker on November 9, 2011

6 sad squid snuggle softly: I love this idea for generating a key – in this case, a 32-bit key for an error report that a non-technical user was going to have to remember and communicate.

Imagine representing 32 bits of information (numbers up to 4 billion) as a sentence instead of a jumble of digits. Each sentence can have the same predictable structure, and the number will be used to choose words from a dictionary to fill in that structure—like Mad Libs.

One possible sentence structure can be: count + adjective + plural noun + verb + adverb, e.g. “6 sad squid snuggle softly.”