Definition of Symbolism and their Meanings




§ Symbol Meaning

The See Section Symbol is also called the Double S, or sectional symbol. The See Section Symbol is a typographical character which is used mainly to refer to a particular section of a document, such as a legal code.

The See Section Symbol is often used alongside the pilcro ¶ or paragraph sign. When you see the see section symbol in duplicate (example §§) it is read as the plural "sections" (§§ 13 - 21), much as "pp." (pages) is the plural of "p.".

The section mark is used when referring to documents with numbered or lettered sections. This mark is most commonly used by legal and academic writers but is not necessarily restricted to these professions and may be used to refer to a section in a manual for example.

Many people have asked us for the meaning of this symbol. Above is the most appropriate definition of the § symbol.

How To Create the Section Symbol in Word

  1. Click on "Insert" in the toolbar at the top of the screen.
  2. Click on "Symbol" on the right hand side of the screen.
  3. Select "More Symbols".
  4. Select the "Special Characters" tab.
  5. Select the "Section symbol by clicking on it.
  6. Click on the "Insert" button.

The See section symbol can be produced by keying "Alt-21" using your keyboard's numeric keypad. This will not work using the number keys located across the top of your keybord.

For any coders amongst you, you can reproduce the see section symbol using the HTML code "§"