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At 21:54 16/11/2013 +0200, Paul Steyn wrote:
On Sat, 16 Nov 2013 19:35:53 +0000 Brian Barker wrote:
Some people think "~" is a tilde.  (Hint: it's a swung dash.)

Actually, it *is* a tilde (or at least looks identical to).

The character I typed is mid-height and wouldn't fit over even a lower-case "n", as a tilde needs to.

See the section "Keyboards" here:

Actually, if you read that page generally, it talks of swung dashes and appears to make the distinction I do. But yes: it does think that what you get directly from the keyboard is a tilde.

My keyboard only has one such symbol on it that I am aware of, so it has to be the tilde. The aforementioned key on my keyboard is used for this, ergo it must be a tilde.

I think these just tell you that some people call the swung dash a tilde: I know that, of course, and I don't expect everyone (or indeed anyone) to agree with me. And I have to confess to a bit of cheek in adding a reference to this character to my serious point about "&" and "@". I shall not press my case!

Brian Barker

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