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10. #, octothorpe, pound-sign, number-sign, sharp, hash, tic-tac-toe, . . .

posted Dec 8, 2010 8:02 PM by Michigan Terminal System Archive   [ updated Dec 8, 2010 9:15 PM ]
John Hogg passed along the following item:

"What we have here is one of the great comeback stories in the history of competitive punctuation" according to Robert Fulford writing about the octothorpe in a column in the opinion section of the National Post on 30 November 2010.

Since # is the MTS Command Prefix character, the MTS Community has a special fondness for the octothorpe (or pound-sign, number-sign, hash, sharp, ...) and I am happy to see it making a comeback.




The audio response unit at the University of Michigan said "pound sign" when it came across the # character.



Octothorpe, another name for the telephone handset symbol # in World Wide Words.



From Wikipedia or Wiktionary: Octothorpe, Pound sign, and Number sign.



Number sign is the preferred name in Unicode (U+0023), ASCII (35 or 0x23), and EBCDIC (123 or x'7B').

In HTML the character is represented using the character entities &#35; and &#x23;.

In ASCII there is a footnote that says "In applications where there is no requirement for the symbol #, the symbol £ (Pounds Sterling) may be used in position 2/3".

In EBCDIC code x'7B" is defined as a "Data Processing National Use position" and as such the character displayed on printers and displays may differ from one language or one country to another.

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