[mailhist-discuss] Fwd: Reporter query on the history of greater-than in quoted replies
dcrocker at bbiw.net
Mon Jan 2 13:17:10 PST 2017
Just got this query. I don't have any clear memory of how the usage got
started. Do any of you?
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Subject: Reporter query on the history of greater-than in quoted replies
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 12:43:04 -0800
From: Glenn Fleishman <glenn at glennf.com>
I'm a reporter with a deep background in typography, and recently wrote
this piece about quotation marks (the curly kind) for The Atlantic:
In researching that story, I found that the > mark was the original
quotation mark — it dates back about two thousand years in that usage.
This fascinated me, because of how it was revived in email and forums.
I read early RFCs and other documents, and was unable to find the origin
of > for quoting a reply.
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