Re: Simple symbol question

Subject: Re: Simple symbol question
From: "Mark Moloney" <mmoloney -at- network365 -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 15:44:55 +0100

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From: <KMcLauchlan -at- chrysalis-its -dot- com>
Sent: Monday, October 22, 2001 2:35 PM
> Maybe a symbol can have more than one name,
> depending upon context.

This is definitely true. Consider, as an example:

. A full stop - at the end of a British English sentence.
. A period - at the end of an US English sentence.
. A decimal point - in between, ehm, ones and tenths?

In the case of the first two, it's just trivial, but the distinction between
a full stop / period and decimal point is entirely dependent upon context.

Which reminds me of the old tech writer's warning about alphabetical order
not always meaning a to z... in some countries, a comma is used where I
would use a decimal point.


/ Mark whose mind is wandering...



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