Check mark

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Check mark
In UnicodeU+2713 CHECK MARK (HTML ✓ · ✓, ✓)
heavy check mark ballot box with check white heavy check mark

A check mark (American English), checkmark (Philippine English) or tick (Australian, New Zealand English and British English) is a mark (✓, ✔, etc.) used (primarily in the English speaking world) to indicate the concept "yes" (e.g. "yes; this has been verified", "yes; that is the correct answer", "yes; this has been completed", or "yes; this [item or option] applies to me"). The x mark is also sometimes used for this purpose (most notably on election ballot papers, e.g. in the United Kingdom), but otherwise usually indicates "no", incorrectness, or failure. One of the earliest usages of a check mark as an indication of completion is on ancient Babylonian tablets "where small indentations were sometimes made with a stylus, usually placed at the left of a worker's name, presumably to indicate whether the listed ration has been issued."[1]

As a verb, to check (off) or tick (off), means to add such a mark. Printed forms, printed documents, and computer software (see checkbox), commonly include squares in which to place check marks.

International differences[edit]

The check mark is a predominant affirmative symbol of convenience in the English-speaking world because of its instant and simple composition. In other countries, however, the mark is more complicated.

It is common in Swedish schools for a to indicate that an answer is incorrect,[2] while "R", from the Swedish rätt, i.e., "correct", is used to indicate that an answer is correct.

In Finnish, ✓ stands for väärin, i.e., "wrong", due to its similarity to a slanted v. The opposite, "correct", is marked with , a slanted vertical line emphasized with two dots.[3]

In Japan[4] and Korea, the O mark is used instead of the check mark, and the X or ✓ mark are commonly used for wrong.[citation needed]

In the Netherlands a 'V' is used to show that things are missing while the flourish of approval (or krul) is used for approving a section or sum.

Unicode[edit]

The "Symbol, Other" category of Unicode provides various check marks:

  • U+237B NOT CHECK MARK
  • U+2611 BALLOT BOX WITH CHECK
  • U+2705 WHITE HEAVY CHECK MARK
  • U+2713 CHECK MARK
  • U+2714 HEAVY CHECK MARK
  • U+1F5F8 🗸 LIGHT CHECK MARK
  • U+1F5F9 🗹 BALLOT BOX WITH BOLD CHECK

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tenney, Jonathan S. (2011-07-12). Life at the Bottom of Babylonian Society. BRILL. doi:10.1163/ej.9789004206892.i-268. ISBN 978-90-04-20704-2.
  2. ^ "bock". Svenska Akademiens ordbok (in Swedish). 5. Swedish Academy. 1917.
  3. ^ Version 3.2 of the Unicode Standard, General Punctuation 2002-03-27
  4. ^ "Internationalization - W3C". www.w3.org. Retrieved 2020-07-22.

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