HTML HTML Basics Going Further with HTML Linking to Sections of a Web Page

Kim Edwards
Kim Edwards
1,397 Points

Confused the video says add the “pound”, but then they add the hash symbol “#” not the pound symbol “£”. Which is it?

Confused the video says add the “pound”, but then they add the hash symbol “#” not the pound symbol “£”. Which is it? Guessing they mistakenly say Pound when they really mean Hash?.....

3 Answers

Heidi Fryzell
Heidi Fryzell
Front End Web Development Techdegree Graduate 15,420 Points

Hi Kim,

Yes, that is confusing! In the US, we sometimes call the "#" symbol a "pound" symbol. You are probably from the UK and I am guessing they don't ever say that there. So if you hear "pound" symbol in one of these American made videos they probably mean "#". Though I think calling it a hash symbol would be a better choice.

Just so you think I am not making this up:

Wikipedia Page

Cheers!

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Kim Edwards
Kim Edwards
1,397 Points

Thanks Heidi, Yes I am from the UK so we don’t ever call it a pound ( obviously because of our monetary system using the pound). So makes total sense that this would be a US term. Thank you :)

Dmitry Polyakov
Dmitry Polyakov
4,414 Points

Hash symbol # is sometimes also called pound key

Kim Edwards
Kim Edwards
1,397 Points

Thanks for your reply and explanation

the Hash symbol is called the pound key from the telephone. This term was lost with the use of "hashtag"

Kim Edwards
Kim Edwards
1,397 Points

Thanks Chris, just never heard it called that in the uk.