RE: little lines below

From: Smith,Gary (
Date: Fri Nov 13 1998 - 15:53:13 EST

AddisonP wrote:
> The "#" mean "sharp" in music, so it is occasionally referred to as the
> "sharp
> sign". It's also in use in North America (and elsewhere) as the "pound"
> symbol
> (unit of weight rather than money), whence the English name in telephony
> systems. However the actual usage as an abbreviation of "pounds" is rather
> obscure to most speakers of English, since it is usually used to mean
> "number"
> (and the equally non-intuitive outside the culture "lbs." means
> "pounds")...
Despite their similar appearance, the MUSIC SHARP SIGN (U+266F) and the
NUMBER SIGN (pound sign, hash mark, octothorpe, U+0023) are distinctly
different characters with non-overlapping usage. When correctly rendered,
the difference is evident. Older USAns, especially those with backgrounds
in IBM mainframe programming, are likely to think of "#" as "pound sign" and
to recall that "2#" is read "two pounds," while "#2" is "number two."

Gary L. Smith
Senior Consulting Systems Analyst
Database & Offline Products Development

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