Why is the "<" symbol named the "less-than sign"?
philip_chastney at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 22 03:52:35 CDT 2020
there was a consultancy -- Accenture, I think -- who put a "greater-than" mark above one of the characters in their name
I struck me as odd that they should mark their name with a diminuendo
lack of ambition, perhaps? . . . /phil
On Wednesday, 16 September 2020, 18:11:59 GMT, James Tauber via Unicode <unicode at unicode.org> wrote:
On Wed, Sep 16, 2020 at 10:17 PM John W Kennedy via Unicode <unicode at unicode.org> wrote:
: was changed to <, e (for “end”) was changed to /, and . was changed to >. The characters used, of course, had to be available in ASCII. I dare say early publications on SGML include a rationale.
Had to be available in ASCII, less likely to occur in character content, and the < > pair visually suggests the open/close of markup (and alludes to the older written convention of circling markup to distinguish it from content).
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