asymp v. asymp?

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asymp v. asymp?

David Nedrow-2

In isoamsr.ent, asymp is used as the entity name for the "almost  
equal to" Unicode glyph. Shouldn't asymp actually point to  
"asymptotically equal to", Unicode U+2243?

<!ENTITY asymp            "&#x02248;" ><!--ALMOST EQUAL TO -->


-David Nedrow



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Re: asymp v. asymp?

David Carlisle



>  Shouldn't asymp actually point to  
> "asymptotically equal to", Unicode U+2243?

It depends if you mean "should" in some idealised world or "should" in a
world made complicated by some unfortunate historical accidents:-)

http://www.w3.org/Math/characters/

has whole section on asymp...

In short the mapping of asymp to 2248 makes no sense, but it's built in
to HTML and so built in to every desktop and mobile phone on the
planet....



David

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