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We wish to define here a subset ''Z'' of a linearly ordered topological space ''X'' such that no total order on ''Z'' generates the subspace topology on ''Z'', so that the subspace topology will not be an order topology even though it is the subspace topology of a space whose topology is an order topology.
Let $Z\; =\; \backslash \backslash cup\; (0,1)$ in the real line. The same argument as before shows that the subspace topology on Z is not equal to the induced order topology on Z, but one can show that the subspace topology on Z cannot be equal to any order topology on Z.
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Let ''M'' = ''Z'' \ , the unit interval. ''M'' is connected. If ''m'', ''n'' ∈ ''M'' and ''m'' < -1 < ''n'', then $(-\backslash infty,\; -1)$ and $(-1,\; \backslash infty)$ separate ''M'', a contradiction. By similar arguments, ''M'' is dense on it self and has no gaps, in regards to <. Thus, ''M'' < or < ''M''. Assume without loss of generality that < ''M''. Since is open in ''Z'', there is some point ''p'' in ''M'' such that the interval (-1, ''p'') is empty. Since < ''M'', we know -1 is the only element of ''Z'' that is less than ''p'', so ''p'' is the minimum of ''M''. Then ''M'' \ = ''A'' ∪ ''B'', where ''A'' and ''B'' are nonempty open and disjoint subsets of ''M'', given by the intervals of the real line (0,''p'') and (''p'',1) respectively. Notice that the frontier of ''A'' and of ''B'' are both the unitary of ''p''. Assuming without loss of generality ''a'' in ''A'' and ''b'' in ''B'' such that ''a''<''b'', since there are no gaps in ''M'' and it is dense, there is a frontier point between ''A'' and ''B'' in the interval (''a'',''b'') (one can take the supreme of the set of elements ''x'' of ''A'' such that 'a'',''x''is in ''A''). This is a contradiction, since the only frontier is strictly under ''a''.
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that can be defined on any totally ordered set
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. It is a natural generalization of the topology of the real numbers
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to arbitrary totally ordered sets.
If ''X'' is a totally ordered set, the order topology on ''X'' is generated by the subbase
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of "open rays"
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for all ''a, b'' in ''X''. Provided ''X'' has at least two elements, this is equivalent to saying that the open intervals
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of (possibly infinitely many) such open intervals and rays.
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''X'' is called orderable or linearly orderable if there exists a total order on its elements such that the order topology induced by that order and the given topology on ''X'' coincide. The order topology makes ''X'' into a completely normal
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Hausdorff space
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.
The standard topologies on R, Q, Z, and N are the order topologies.
Induced order topology

If ''Y'' is a subset of ''X'', ''X'' a totally ordered set, then ''Y'' inherits a total order from ''X''. The set ''Y'' therefore has an order topology, the induced order topology. As a subset of ''X'', ''Y'' also has asubspace topology
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. The subspace topology is always at least as fine
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as the induced order topology, but they are not in general the same.
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. Under the subspace topology, the singleton set is open in ''Y'', but under the induced order topology, any open set containing –1 must contain all but finitely many members of the space.
An example of a subspace of a linearly ordered space whose topology is not an order topology

Though the subspace topology of ''Y'' = ∪strict total order
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< on Z such that the order topology generated by < is equal to the subspace topology on Z (note that we are not assuming that < is the induced order on Z, but rather an arbitrarily given total order on Z that generates the subspace topology). In the following, interval notation should be interpreted relative to the < relation. Also, if ''A'' and ''B'' are sets, $A$Left and right order topologies

Several variants of the order topology can be given: * The right order topologySteen & Seebach, p. 74 on ''X'' is the topology having as a base all intervals of the form $(a,\backslash infty)=\backslash $, together with the set ''X''. * The left order topology on ''X'' is the topology having as a base all intervals of the form $(-\backslash infty,a)=\backslash $, together with the set ''X''. The left and right order topologies can be used to give counterexamples in general topology. For example, the left or right order topology on a bounded set provides an example of acompact space
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that is not Hausdorff.
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Ordinal space

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can be made into a topological space
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by endowing it with the order topology (since, being well-ordered, an ordinal is in particular totally ordered
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): in the absence of indication to the contrary, it is always that order topology that is meant when an ordinal is thought of as a topological space. (Note that if we are willing to accept a proper class as a topological space, then the class of all ordinals is also a topological space for the order topology.)
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s of an ordinal ''α'' is precisely the set of limit ordinal
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s less than ''α''. Successor ordinals (and zero) less than ''α'' are isolated point
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s in ''α''. In particular, the finite ordinals and ω are discrete space, discrete topological spaces, and no ordinal beyond that is discrete. The ordinal ''α'' is compact
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of ''α'', and for ''δ'' a limit ordinal, ''δ'' is equipped with the inductive limit topology. Note that if ''α'' is a successor ordinal, then ''α'' is compact, in which case its one-point compactification ''α''+1 is the disjoint union of ''α'' and a point.
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(connected components are points), scattered (every non-empty subspace has an isolated point; in this case, just take the smallest element), zero-dimensional
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basis
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: here, write an open interval (''β'',''γ'') as the union of the clopen intervals (''β'',''γ''first-countable
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, but not second-countable
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, and ωcompact
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. It is also worthy of note that any continuous function from ωreal line
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of ωOrdinal-indexed sequences

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. An ordinary sequence corresponds to the case ''α'' = ω.
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) in general: for example, on the Tychonoff plank
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(the product space $(\backslash omega\_1+1)\backslash times(\backslash omega+1)$), the corner point $(\backslash omega\_1,\backslash omega)$ is a limit point (it is in the closure) of the open subset $\backslash omega\_1\backslash times\backslash omega$, but it is not the limit of an ordinal-indexed sequence.
See also

*List of topologies
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* Lower limit topology
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* Long line (topology)
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* Linear continuum
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* Order topology (functional analysis)
* Partially ordered space
Notes

References

* Steen, Lynn A. and Seebach, J. Arthur Jr.; ''Counterexamples in Topology
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'', Holt, Rinehart and Winston (1970). .
* Stephen Willard, ''General Topology'', (1970) Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Reading Massachusetts.
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