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    Hi - someone asked me what ^ is called - I think I remember being told a million years ago in typing class that as a carat - but the dictionary says they lied to me.

    anyone? anyone?


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    Re: Keyboard character (XP)

    "Carat" is used of diamonds, but you were close. The ^ character is called "caret", and also "hat". The French call it "accent circonflexe" (used on certain letters, for example pr

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    Ah Ha! And people say spelling and symatics are not important - "are so" I say to them!

    Thank you - again.

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    Re: Keyboard character (XP)

    <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> I think you need to check your spelling. It's "semantics".
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    And Linda, I suppose you wanted to say "Ah so", as in the Chinese mode...!

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    Hans

    I remember once seeing in a Microsoft TechNet article that the author referred to <big>^</big> as "carrot"!

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    Re: Keyboard character (XP)

    Seems appropriate for an orange-colored ^:

    <big><big><big><big><font color=ff8c00>^</font color=ff8c00></big></big></big></big>

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    Re: Keyboard character (XP)

    It would be if it was but it wasn't!

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    (I think the misspelling got corrected, because it doesn't come out now on a TechNet Search!)
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    Re: Keyboard character (XP)

    What I NEED is a new brain obviously - or to slow down - I think slowing down is probably more easily accomplished than a new brain.

    Thanks for reminding me I need to start really really proofing anything I write.

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    Holy Cow - the up side is I obviously entertained a world of people out there.

    I'm saving this one and sharing with everyone I tend to correct. Humility is a good thing.

    Thanks

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    Re: Keyboard character (XP)

    Some additional useless caret (^) trivia: One computer dictionary notes that this character is "more properly called CIRCUMFLEX or HAT, which indicates exponentiation in some programming languages." ("Circumflex" evidently the English translation of "circonflexe", and is defined as either ASCII character by itself (ASCII 94), or symbol that appears above a letter). It also is used to denote a control character, such as the CTRL key. Caret is also defined as a proofreading symbol used to indicate where something should be inserted (caret is derived from Latin carere, to lack, literally, "something is missing", thus the term's origin). Caret can also refer to the insertion point on the screen.

    On a totally unrelated trivia note, the pound sign (#) (or number symbol) is also known by the seldom-used term octothorpe. The definition of octothorpe notes that the # character was "originally a map-maker's representation a village with eight fields (thorpes) around a central square." (I thought everyone knew that....) The definition does not indicate any relationship with tic-tac-toe.

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    Mark

    That octothorpic <big>#</big> "pound sign" you talk of is either hash, number or the (musical) sharp sign!

    This is a pound sign <big>[b]
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    Re: Keyboard character (XP)

    Here in the states we used the # to note pounds in weight.

    Don't we just love the different uses of the same items.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Here in the modern world we use the letter combination <big>Kg</big> for annotating weights.

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    <img src=/S/razz.gif border=0 alt=razz width=25 height=17>
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