Re: U+0023

From: John Hudson (
Date: Tue Mar 29 2005 - 02:29:32 CST

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    Arcane Jill wrote:

    > 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.

    In North America, # is used as a symbol for pound in the paper industry, e.g. '70# text'
    or '80# cover'. This is a weight designation. I don't know if this is also used in the UK
    or elsewhere.

    See, for example,

    John Hudson

    Tiro Typeworks
    Vancouver, BC
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