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The percent (per cent) sign (%) is the symbol used to indicate a percentage, a number or ratio as a fraction of 100. Related signs include the permille (per thousand) sign ‰ and the permyriad (per ten thousand) sign ‱ (also known as a basis point), which indicate that a number is divided by one thousand or ten thousand respectively. Higher proportions use parts-per notation.
1 Correct style
1.1 Spacing 1.2 Usage in text
2 Evolution 3 Usage
3.1.1 Unicode 3.1.2 ASCII
3.2 In computers 3.3 In linguistics
4 See also 5 Notes 6 References
English style guides prescribe writing the number and percent sign
without any space between. However, the
International System of Units
In Czech, the percent sign is spaced with a non-breaking space if the number is used as a noun, whereas no space is inserted if the number is used as an adjective (e.g. “a 50% increase”). In Finnish, the percent sign is always spaced, and a case suffix can be attached to it using the colon (e.g. 50 %:n kasvu 'an increase of 50%'). In French, the percent sign must be spaced with a non-breaking space. In Italian, the percent sign is never spaced. In Spanish, the percent sign must always be spaced now, as almost every other symbol. In traditional Russian typography, the percent sign is never spaced. But it is not that common in Russia today. In Chinese, the percent sign is almost never spaced, probably because Chinese does not use spaces to separate characters or words at all. According to the Swedish Language Council, the percent sign should be preceded by a space in Swedish, as all other units. In German, the space is prescribed by the regulatory body in the national standard DIN 5008. In Turkish and other Turkic languages, the percent sign precedes rather than follows the number, without an intervening space. In Persian texts, the percent sign may either precede or follow the number, in either case without a space. In Arabic, the percent sign follows the number; as Arabic is written from right to left, this means that the percent sign is to the left of the number, usually without a space. In Hebrew, the percent sign precedes the number without intervening space; as Hebrew is written from right to left, this means that the percent sign is written to the right of the number, just as in English.
Usage in text It is often recommended that the percent sign only be used in tables and other places with space restrictions. In running text, it should be spelled out as percent or per cent (often in newspapers). For example, not "Sales increased by 24% over 2006", but rather "Sales increased by 24 percent over 2006". Evolution Prior to 1425 there is no known evidence of a special symbol being used for percentage. The Italian term per cento, "for a hundred", was used as well as several different abbreviations (e.g. "per 100", "p 100", "p cento", etc.). Examples of this can be seen in the 1339 arithmetic text (author unknown) depicted below. The letter p with its shaft crossed by a horizontal or diagonal strike conventionally stood for per, por, par, or pur in Mediaeval and Renaissance palaeography.
1339 arithmetic text in Rara Arithmetica, p. 437
At some point a scribe of some sort used the abbreviation "pc" with a tiny loop or circle (depicting the ending -o used in Italian numeration for primo, secondo, etc.) This appears in some additional pages of a 1425 text which were probably added around 1435. This is shown below (source, Rara Arithmetica p. 440).
1425 arithmetic text in Rara Arithmetica, p. 440
The "pc" with a loop eventually evolved into a horizontal fraction sign by 1650 (see below for an example in a 1684 text) and thereafter lost the "per".
1684 arithmetic text in Rara Arithmetica, p. 441
In 1925 D.E. Smith wrote, "The solidus form () is modern."
U+0025 % Percent sign (HTML %),
U+2030 ‰ per mille sign (HTML ‰ · ‰),
U+2031 ‱ per ten thousand sign (HTML ‱) a.k.a. basis point, and
U+FF05 ％ fullwidth percent sign (HTML ％ · see fullwidth forms)
U+FE6A ﹪ small percent sign (HTML ﹪ · see Small Form Variants)
There is also U+066A ٪ ARABIC PERCENT SIGN (HTML ٪),
which has the circles replaced by square dots set on edge, the shape
of the digit 0 in Arabic numerals.
sets a new value for PATH, that being the old value preceded by "c:;". Because these uses give the percent sign special meaning, the sequence %% (two percent signs) is used to represent a literal percent sign, so that:
would set PATH to the literal value "c:;%PATH%". In the C Shell, % is part of the default command prompt. In linguistics In linguistics, the percent sign is prepended to an example string to show that it is judged well-formed by some speakers and ill-formed by others. This may be due to differences in dialect or even individual idiolects. This is similar to the asterisk to mark ill-formed strings, the question mark to mark strings where well-formedness is unclear, and the number sign to mark strings that are syntactically well-formed but semantically nonsensical. See also
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