Fw: Slash, a shady character

From: Anto'nio Martins-Tuva'lkin (antonio@tuvalkin.web.pt)
Date: Wed Jan 04 2006 - 21:44:03 CST

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    > From: António Martins-Tuválkin <antonio@tuvalkin.web.pt>
    > To: fotw-editors@yahoogroups.com
    > Date: Wednesday, January 4, 2006, 1:34:13 PM
    > Subject: [fotw-editors] Slash, a shady character

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    Our page < http://flagspot.net/flags/ca-qc-02.html > includes in its
    title (H1 and TITLE, as usual) the character "&#8725;" (Unicode's
    U+2215 : DIVISION SLASH) instead of a regular slash, "/" (Unicode's
    U+002F : SOLIDUS).

    This character is intended solely for mathematical use and in this page
    it should be replaced back to the regular slash, which is the correct
    character for non-mathematical use, in things such as "and/or", "Turku /
    Åbo" etc. As it is, "Saguenay&#8725;Lac-Saint-Jean" means "Saguenay
    divided by Lac-Saint-Jean".

    (FWIW, there's a second mathematical slash — "&#8260;", Unicode's
    U+2044 : FRACTION SLASH. This one, though misleadingly put in the
    Unicode block called General Punctuation, is even more geared to
    exclusive mathematical use, typographically speaking, as it is supposed
    to use superscript and subscript digits, forming one-glyph fractions.)

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