Ian Bicking: the old part of his blog

Do i hate unicode or do i hate ascii comment 000

Kind of off-topic, but I wonder: How did the typographical mark '#' come to be called "pound" in the US? Was it through keymap differences? Or is it just a co-incidence that Shift-3 happens to produce the "right pound for the job"?

(On a British keyboard, Shift-3 produces the GBP currency symbol. On a US keyboard, it produces the number sign -- what I would call a "hash" sign)

Comment on Re: Do i hate unicode or do i hate ascii comment 000
by Robert Hunter

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The "octothorp" is often refered to as the "pound sign" because it is used to designate pounds when it follows a number in the retail trade (er, in the old days, when _I_ was a kid). E.g. "5# of flour", "3# of 10d common nails" (btw, that 'd' stands for 'penny'). See http://www.octothorp.us/octothorp.html for more...

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