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Or when lacking unicode, #



When I read pound/hash/octothorpe it does not yield "not equal" in my mind. I would use "!=" and if someone else used "#" I would struggle to understand its meaning.


It was quite common in Niklaus Wirth languages, for example:

    PROCEDURE & Init(id: LONGINT);
    BEGIN
        IF id # NofPhilo-1 THEN
            first := id; second := (id+1)
        ELSE
            first := 0; second := NofPhilo-1
        END
    END Init;




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