Re: Too narrowly defined: DIVISION SIGN & COLON

From: Leif Halvard Silli <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2012 12:50:47 +0200

Asmus Freytag, Mon, 09 Jul 2012 19:32:47 -0700:
> The European use (this is not limited to Scandinavia)

Thanks. It seems to me that that this tradition is not without a link
to the (also) European tradition of *not* using the DIVISION SIGN (÷)
for division.

> The proper thing to do would be to add these usages to the list of
> examples of known contextually defined usages of punctuation
> characters, they are common enough that it's worth pointing them out
> in order to overcome a bit of the inherent bias from Anglo-Saxon
> usage.

(Did you intend to denote DIVISION SIGN as a punctuation character?)

Where do I find the (existing) examples? In the PDF version of the
spec? Or, also, in the texts files that look-up tools uses? (I guess I
think about annotation.) For instance, would be possible, in the the
NamesList, or some other field that look-up tools uses, to get a link
from e.g. COLON to DIVISION SIGN, and vice versa? And similar, from
MINUS TO DIVISION SIGN and vice versa?

My candidate characters, this round, are:

 DIVISION SIGN (÷) as minus sign.
         COLON (:) as division sign.
    MIDDLE DOT (·) as multiplication symbol.

What's next? Would some formal action be needed?

Leif Halvard Silli
Received on Tue Jul 10 2012 - 06:06:31 CDT

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