Re: U+0023

From: Charles (
Date: Wed Mar 30 2005 - 15:09:46 CST

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    Arcane Jill wrote:

    > But no, the '#' symbol is not used in that context in Britain. Hey - we
    > went
    > metric a long time ago! The international abbreviation for the mass unit
    > we use
    > is "kg" (kilograms). The old abbreviation for the old Imperial "pound" is
    > still
    > recognised though - it is "lb".

    Officially, perhaps, but a lot of us still use pounds and ounces for
    domestic purposes. When it comes to personal weights, of course, neither
    "lb" nor "kg" will do; many of us still use the traditional "stone"!

    I would use "hash" to describe the "#" key on a telephone keypad or computer
    keyboard, and this meaning of the word is included in the Oxford English
    Dictionary. The "#" as a number sign I would regard as relatively
    uncommon in British usage by comparison with "No." (U+2116).

    Charles Cox

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