Re: U+0023

From: Timothy Partridge (
Date: Fri Apr 01 2005 - 13:32:47 CST

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    Philippe Verdy recently said:

    > In French texts, we can see today either "No." or "no." entered as 3 basic
    > letters and a dot, or "N" or "n" with two characters where the second is
    > the degree symbol on Shift+")", located on PC keyboards between the "0" and
    > "+" keys. But never "#"... When "N" is used it is always meaning an ordinal
    > (rank) that abbreviates the term "numro", and not a cardinal meaning "count
    > of" which in French is "nombre" commonly abbreviated as "Nbr." or "Nb."
    > (with or without the capitalization of N).
    > I think that Spanish users will use the masculine letter mark to compose
    > "N" or "n", as they don't have the degree symbol on their native keyboard.
    > (It may even happen that the real degree unit sign, for example in "6041'N
    > 516'W", is written using this masculine letter mark).
    > I don't know what Italians enter, but the "No." abbreviation is also common
    > there.

    Medieval abbreviation conventions would suggest a superscript o (which would
    mean some letters including this one have been omitted). Cappelli gives an n
    with a superscript o dating from the 14th century. Alternatively you could
    just omit the letters in the middle as in Dr for Doctor. In England the use
    of a full stop afterwards tends to suggest that the rest of the word has
    been dropped. (The lack of a full stop suggests that the last letter of the
    abbreviation is the last letter of the original word.) Cappelli also lists
    No. but without a date.


    Tim Partridge. Any opinions expressed are mine only and not those of my employer

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