Re: Too narrowly defined: DIVISION SIGN & COLON

From: Hans Aberg <haberg-1_at_telia.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2012 22:41:26 +0200

On 10 Jul 2012, at 21:30, Asmus Freytag wrote:

> On 7/10/2012 3:50 AM, Leif Halvard Silli wrote:
>> 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.
>
> Is it _ever_ used for division? I'm curious, right now I can't recall ever having seen an example.

The WP "Obelus" article says that it was used as a sign for division in 1659, otherwise used for subtraction, continued in Norway, and until recently, in Denmark.

Hans

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obelus
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