Re: U+0023

From: Arcane Jill (
Date: Tue Mar 29 2005 - 01:32:32 CST

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    Aha - I always wondered why I sometimes see hash refered to as "pound sign". I
    had previously assumed it had something to do with the "old days" (I can
    remember them) when we only had seven-bit encodings. In England, I can remember
    using a computer in which 0x23 encoded U+00A3 (the real POUND SIGN), and
    certainly it is the case even now that SHIFT+3 gets you '#' on an American
    keyboard, but '£' on a British keyboard.

    Thanks for clearing that up.

    -----Original Message-----
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    Sent: 28 March 2005 23:38
    Subject: Re: U+0023

    In the UK it is not used as an abbreviation for pound (weight); "lb" is used
    instead. A US book which referred to the "pound sign" being used in a table
    confused me, as I expected the pound sterling currency symbol!


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