# [bksvol-discuss] Re: the symbols called braces

• From: Cindy Rosenthal <grandcyn77@xxxxxxxxx>
• To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
• Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2012 19:12:13 -0800

``` Thanks, Marty; that's good, too, but being a word or story person more
than a symbol person (probably why I had trouble remembering when I was in
school) , the shark analogy story will help me most. smile

On Sat, Dec 1, 2012 at 6:31 PM, Martha Rafter <mlhr@xxxxxxx> wrote:

>   Hi Cindy,
> tipped-over V and the smaller thing is at the smaller end of the
> tipped-over V?  Does that work for you?
> Marty
>
>  *From:* Cindy Rosenthal <grandcyn77@xxxxxxxxx>
> *Sent:* Saturday, December 01, 2012 6:07 PM
> *To:* bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> *Subject:* [bksvol-discuss] Re: the symbols called braces
>
> Thanks. I'll try to remember, though fortunately I won't have to be
> writing them any more, at least in a math class ( those are long  behind
> me. Can you give me some sort of mnemonic? I used to imagin the V eating
> the number, but that doesn't seem to fir.
>
> On Sat, Dec 1, 2012 at 2:59 PM, John Simpson <John@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:
>
>> **
>>
>> The 'less than' symbol where the point of the sideways V points to the
>> left means that the quantity on the pointy side is less than the quantity
>> of the open side. For example,  3 <  5 means that three is less than five.
>> The 'greater than' symbol where the point goes to the right works just the
>> opposite. The rule of thumb is that the smaller thing is on the point side
>> at the larger thing is on the open side.****
>>
>>
>> ****
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>> *From:* bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:
>> bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] *On Behalf Of *Cindy Rosenthal
>> *Sent:* Saturday, December 01, 2012 2:43 PM
>> *To:* **bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx**
>> *Subject:* [bksvol-discuss] Re: the symbols called braces****
>>
>> ****
>>
>> Yes. that's what I'm saying--and I hope I'm correct. Offhand I can't
>> think of a time I've ever used them.
>> Oh--and I thought the more-than and less-than mathematical symbols were
>> open arrows, or open sidewaysÂ  Vs, i.e., imagine that capital V that I
>> just typed resting on its side with the wide part opening as if to swallow
>> the number; the problem is that I never can remember which way to point the
>> V; maybe I'm wrong, though, and braces are used somehow.****
>>
>> On Sat, Dec 1, 2012 at 12:05 PM, Martha Rafter <mlhr@xxxxxxx> wrote:****
>>
>> Yes, if I use the shift and hit the same key as the bracket, I hear my
>> JAWS say Left brace or right brace. A  Are you saying that if I needed to
>> have two sets of brackets one inside the other, the inside ones should be
>> ****
>>
>> braces?Â  I hope I wonâ€™t need to use them!Â  Thanks!****
>>
>> Marty****
>>
>> *From:* Cindy Rosenthal <grandcyn77@xxxxxxxxx> ****
>>
>> *Sent:* Saturday, December 01, 2012 1:59 PM****
>>
>> *To:* bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx ****
>>
>> *Subject:* [bksvol-discuss] the symbols called braces****
>>
>> Â ****
>>
>> I'm pretty sure thatÂ  braces are the the things on the same key that has
>> the bracket;,Â  and if you hit that ky plus shiftÂ  you'd get the brace:
>> }â€Š I'd describe it as a parenthsis with a little pointy thingÂ  poking
>> out from the middle. (Judy, hopefully you can do better. It would be used
>> inside brackets, if you needed " bracket something else. You probably won't
>> need it for bookshareÂ  proofing but might come across their use in a book
>> ****
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>> ****
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