Re: Technical name for the #?

Subject: Re: Technical name for the #?
From: Rahel Anne Bailie <rbailie -at- NEWBRIDGE -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 1998 16:03:05 -0800

Geoff Lane wrote:

> Mark Baker wrote:
> <<snip>>
> The glyph "#" can express several different symbols. It can be "number" as
> in "#12". In the absence of the normal glyph for pound it can be "pound"as
> in "#12 sterling". In the OmniMark language, like many other programming
> languages, "#" is used in a number of special ways and is called "hash".

The auto-attendant "Marsha" voice generally refers to # as a "pound key",
though surreptitious user tests reveal that non-technical types will refer to
it as the "number sign." I've never heard of # being called "hash" but am now
enlightened about why it would be called a pound key: it's the banking system
that uses that term.

Rahel Bailie
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