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==Computing==
 
 
The '''greater-than sign''' (<TT>&gt;</TT>) is an original [[ASCII]] character (hex 3E, decimal 62).
 
 
===Angle brackets===
 
 
The greater-than sign is used for an approximation of the closing [[Bracket|angle bracket]] (⟩). ASCII does not have (angular brackets).
 
 
===Programming language===
 
 
[[BASIC]] and [[C (programming language)|C]]-family languages, (including [[Java (programming language)|Java]] and [[C++]]) use the operator <TT>&gt;</TT> to mean "greater than". In [[Lisp (programming language)|Lisp]]-family languages, <TT>&gt;</TT> is a function used to mean "greater than".
 
In [[Coldfusion]] and [[Fortran]], operator <TT>.GT.</TT> means "greater than". It basically means this sign > is greater than and this sign < is less than.
 
 
===Double greater-than sign===
 
 
The double greater-than sign (<TT>&gt;&gt;</TT>) is used for an approximation of the [[much greater than]] sign (≫). ASCII does not have the much greater-than sign.
 
 
The double greater-than sign (<TT>&gt;&gt;</TT>) is also used for an approximation of the closing [[Guillemets|guillemet]] (»). ASCII does not have guillemets.
 
 
In [[Java (programming language)|Java]], [[C (programming language)|C]], and [[C++]], the operator <TT>&gt;&gt;</TT> is the [[right-shift operator]]. In C++ it is also used to get input from a [[Stream (computing)|stream]], similar to the C functions <TT>getchar</TT> and <TT>fgets</TT>.
 
 
===Greater-than sign plus equals sign===
 
 
The greater-than sign plus the equals sign (<TT>&gt;=</TT>) is used for an approximation of the [[greater than or equal to]] sign (≥). ASCII does not have greater-than-or-equal-to sign.
 
 
In [[BASIC]], [[Lisp (programming language)|Lisp]]-family languages, and [[C (programming language)|C]]-family languages (including [[Java (programming language)|Java]] and [[C++]]), operator <TT>&gt;=</TT> means "greater than or equal to".
 
 
In [[Fortran]], operator <TT>.GE.</TT> means "greater than or equal to".
 
 
Example: 5 > 2 means 5 is greater than 2. 6 < 9 means 6 is less than 9.
 
 
===Shell scripts===
 
 
In [[Bourne shell]] (and many other shells), greater-than sign is used to [[Redirection (Unix)|redirect]] output to a file. Greater-than plus ampersand (<TT>&gt;&amp;</TT>) is used to redirect to a [[file descriptor]].
 
 
===Spaceship operator===
 
 
Greater-than sign is used in the [[spaceship operator]].
 
 
===HTML===
 
 
In [[HTML]] (and [[SGML]] and [[XML]]), the greater-than sign is used at the end of tags. The greater-than sign may be included with <TT>&amp;gt;</TT>.
 
 
===Electronic mail===
 
The greater-than sign is used to denote [[quotation]]s in the [[e-mail]] and [[newsgroup]] formats, and this has been taken into use also in forums.
 
 
==See also==
 
* [[Inequality (mathematics)]]
 
* [[Less-than sign]]
 
* [[Relational operator]]
 
* [[Much-greater-than sign]]
 
* [[Guillemet]]
 
* [[Implication]]
 
 
[[Category:Typographical symbols]]
 
 
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