Square Brackets with Tick
Asmus Freytag (t)
asmus-inc at ix.netcom.com
Tue Aug 25 17:26:44 CDT 2015
On 8/25/2015 12:07 PM, Richard Wordingham wrote:
> On Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:54:29 +0100 (BST)
> William_J_G Overington <wjgo_10009 at btinternet.com> wrote:
>> Richard Wordingham wrote:
>>> On Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:00:32 +0100 (BST)
>> William_J_G Overington <wjgo_10009 at btinternet.com> wrote:
>>>> Looking at the document
>>>> that has been mentioned, the four bracket characters are therein
>>>> described as follows.
>>>> 4X1F O LEFT BRACKET, REVERSE SOLIDUS TOP CORNER
>>>> 4X20 C RIGHT BRACKET, REVERSE SOLIDUS BOTTOM CORNER
>>>> 4X21 O LEFT BRACKET, SOLIDUS BOTTOM CORNER
>>>> 4X22 C RIGHT BRACKET, SOLIDUS TOP CORNER
>>>> So it looks like the pairings in Unicode today are as originally
>>> How so?
>> I was simply observing that the original pairings had the
>> first-listed pair of brackets listed using REVERSE SOLIDUS and had
>> the second-listed pair of brackets listed using SOLIDUS contrasting
>> that clear pairing of the brackets with the use, in the encoding into
>> Unicode, of TICK in the listing for each of the four of the bracket
>> characters that are being discussed in this thread.
> You said the 'pairings in Unicode'. With the exception of decimal
> digits, the scalar values of assigned characters have no *formal*
> relationship to their interpretation. The scalar values are about as
> significant as the difference between canonically equivalent
> non-Greek, non-Korean sequences. At best the different sequences give a
> hint of what the author thinks about the character. For example U+00E9
> LATIN SMALL LETTER E WITH ACUTE suggests it may be though of as a
> character, while <U+0065, U+0301> suggests that it may be two
> characters - the diacritic could be a length mark or a tone. The
> distinction is not to be relied upon - normalisation would obliterate
I think William makes a reasonable point that conceiving of the "ticks"
as angled lines
and then naming their direction in pairs potentially reinforces the
notion that the sets
with matching naming were intended as pairs.
While this is being bandied about here on the list, an offline effort is
see whether it's possible to find out more about the origin and
potential use of
these marks - prior to their encoding in Unicode. We know they came from
SGML entity sets, but how and why they got into those is still a bit of
locked away in the heads of the original creator of these sets.
We may never get a more definite answer, unless someone here is conversant
with whatever field of mathematics uses these brackets, or knows someone who
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