Re: Too narrowly defined: DIVISION SIGN & COLON

From: Philippe Verdy <verdy_p_at_wanadoo.fr>
Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2012 13:50:03 +0200

2012/7/10 Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua_at_xn--mlform-iua.no>:
> 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.

Why European ? I never heard before this discussion that the DIVISION
SIGN () would be used to mean a substraction. And I leave in Europe.
This sign was even the first one I learned for the division at school
when I was a child, long before the slash (/), and later the colon (:)
essentially for noting scale ratios on maps.
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