Why is the "<" symbol named the "less-than sign"?

Shriramana Sharma samjnaa at gmail.com
Wed Sep 16 07:13:53 CDT 2020

When I was a child and first taught < and > at school, I figured that
they were derived from the equals sign =, except that the bigger
number has the bigger separation between the lines and the smaller
number has the smaller separation becoming none. So I do see meaning
in it.

And it was obviously named the less than sign long before it was used
for XML tags.

Shriramana Sharma ஶ்ரீரமணஶர்மா श्रीरमणशर्मा 𑀰𑁆𑀭𑀻𑀭𑀫𑀡𑀰𑀭𑁆𑀫𑀸

More information about the Unicode mailing list