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speaking of typography …

character entities

why haven’t i done this before? for years i’ve labored with a minimal knowledge of iso9660 character entities, like &gt; for > and &lt; for < … while i suffered without the emdash, having to use the ugly two hyphen typographical method — very sad.

frustrated & with a few odd moments, i decided to find the emdash, which is &mdash;—oh the glory of the emdash!

also exciting: the ∼ [&sim;] which I use in handwriting to mean approximately (although I guess the ≈ [&asymp;] is more correct). And then there’s the ≠ [&ne;]. I also like ∞ [&infin;] and − [&minus;] and the ever-popular λ [&lambda;]. And I often use ƒ [&fnof;] in writing, as ƒal to mean “functional”.

While I’m here I’m going to say, once and for all, that the grave is the (left-to-right) downhill (as in Michèle), and the acute is the (left-to-right) uphill (as in café). Grave, grave, it sort of makes sense.

It looks like you can generate a Ø but nothing else? [&Oslash; generates Ø but &6slash; does not appear to generate &6slash;]

One must use § [&sect;] and © [&copy;] and ® [&reg;] and ¶ [&para;] and ™ [&trade;] and of course the bane of first-year law students, the π [&pi;] and δ [&delta;].

Even the old < and > can be improved with access to ≤ and ≥ [&le; and &ge;].

sorrows: the ∴ ∴ [&there4; or &#8756; or &2234;] [&8756; and &2234;] which seems to not be recognized by my browsers. likewise the &9792; [&9792;] and &9794; [&9794;].

… last but not least, thanks to this character entities page