Re: Punctuation symbols for partial cuneiform characters

From: John Cowan (
Date: Wed Sep 03 2003 - 15:02:32 EDT

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    Michael Everson scripsit:

    > Hence, these characters have perfectly correct names for their
    > function. And they are completely different from the half-brackets.
    > The floor and ceiling characters are the same height as a square
    > bracket just without one of the feet.


    > >The name police didn't know what they were? ;-)
    > The Name Police don't know anything whatsoever about mathematics as
    > ye well know. (Floor and ceiling function indeed. I suppose there is
    > an attic and basement function, and a tornado-storm-cellar function?)

    No, indeed. Even the hopeless innumerate should be able to grasp
    the ceiling and floor functions, however: the floor of four and a half
    is four, whereas its ceiling is five. Some speak of rounding down and
    rounding up respectively.

    John Cowan
    "The competent programmer is fully aware of the strictly limited size of his own
    skull; therefore he approaches the programming task in full humility, and among
    other things he avoids clever tricks like the plague."  --Edsger Dijkstra

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