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

• From: Cindy Rosenthal <grandcyn77@xxxxxxxxx>
• To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
• Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2012 15:07:50 -0800

```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:

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> 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****
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> 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.****
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> On Sat, Dec 1, 2012 at 12:05 PM, Martha Rafter <mlhr@xxxxxxx> wrote:****
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> 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*
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> braces?Â  I hope I wonâ€™t need to use them!Â  Thanks!****
>
> Marty****
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> *From:* Cindy Rosenthal <grandcyn77@xxxxxxxxx> ****
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> *Sent:* Saturday, December 01, 2012 1:59 PM****
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> *To:* bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx ****
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> *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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