Re: New Draft ISO 8859-0 (pound or number?)

From: Hohberger, Clive P. (
Date: Wed Jul 09 1997 - 01:31:00 EDT

Long before there were 8859 character sets my grandmother used the "#"
for writing weights in running her hardware store. The confusion with
the Pound Sterling sign is probably just a coincidence, even though is
is a good alternative explanation!
Clive Hohberger
From: Unicode Discussion
To: Multiple Recipients of
Subject: Re: New Draft ISO 8859-0 (pound or number?)
Date: Tuesday, July 08, 1997 7:00PM

>Tim Partridge wrote:
>John Jenkins wrote:
>> Er, yes. It's because "#" can be used to indicate a certain weight in
>> pounds, as well as being a number sign. Really. I had it drilled into
>> me when I was learning to type.
>I've only ever seen # meaning pound weight in American books.
>It only seems to mean number in the UK. So there is no confusion?!

I have seen "#" meaning pound weight in Australia. (This was some time
the late sixties, before the introduction of the metric system.)

 -- Joan Aliprand


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