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

• From: "Martha Rafter" <mlhr@xxxxxxx>
• To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
• Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2012 09:47:06 -0500

```I really liked the shark story, too!

From: Cindy Rosenthal
Sent: Saturday, December 01, 2012 10:12 PM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: the symbols called braces

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,
and the smaller thing is at the smaller end of the tipped-over V?  Does that
work for you?
Marty

From: Cindy Rosenthal
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

Sent: Saturday, December 01, 2012 1:59 PM

To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Subject: [bksvol-discuss] the symbols called braces

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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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