2010-08-14

unicode brackets

On Aug 14, 4:47 am, John Dunlop wrote:
> (c.emacs and c.l.lisp dropped)
>
> Xah Lee:
>
> >  http://xahlee.org/comp/unicode_matching_brackets.html
>
> Which angle brackets would you use to indicate orthography? I see ⟨
> and ⟩ (U+27E8 and U+27E9) as well as ‹ and › (U+2039 and U+203A) at
> Wikipedia.


The
⟨⟩ (U+27E8 and U+27E9)
unicode name is
MATHEMATICAL LEFT/RIGHT ANGLE BRACKET.
I don't think it is used much, due to math not being so wide spread... most people who do math use typesetting e.g. LaTeX, and it's pretty old tech, uses its own technology to generate special brackets, and its support for unicode isn't widespread.

The ‹› (U+2039 and U+203A)
unicode name is
SINGLE LEFT/RIGHT-POINTING ANGLE QUOTATION MARK
and double « »
is mostly used by French and other euro langs for quotation, analogous to US's curly quotes.

some discussion about quotation punctuation i wrote is here:
http://xahlee.org/Periodic_dosage_dir/bangu/typography.html

another, widely used is
〈〉 and 《》
these are standard punctuation in chinese and related langs (e.g. Japanese) for book titles or other titles. (film, plays, etc.)
see http://xahlee.org/Periodic_dosage_dir/bangu/chinese_punctuation.html

you can read about all these on Wikipedia too.

Xah
∑ http://xahlee.org/


http://groups.google.com/group/alt.usage.english/browse_thread/thread/5c761fb5e5978e51#

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