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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Halmos (tombstone) marker for symbolizing the end of a blog post.

You know how magazine articles often have a black square at the end of the article? It's called a halmos (or tombstone) and is used at the end of magazine articles and mathematical proofs. You can use it for your own blog posts as well—just copy the halmos at the end of this post. ∎


  • But why?

    What would be the purpose of ending a blog post with a tombstone? Would that apply to any/all posts? Or just the lengthy ones, or just the ones that are trying to make a point? :)

    By Blogger Fabricio, at 5/25/2009 7:02 a.m.  

  • Just to add the effect of ending with a sense of finality. In a typical magazine, every article ends with a tombstone, so if you’re going to do this, you would do it for every blog post (except trivial one-liners).

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 5/25/2009 1:17 p.m.  

  • Well, I am not a magazine expert, but I would expect that tombstones were used only on bigger articles, that splits into different pages, so you know when you reached the ending.

    I have an edition of Wired here, and they use their w square at the end of most articles but not all of them, the short ones normally don't have it.

    By Blogger Fabricio, at 5/27/2009 1:57 p.m.  

  • Magazine articles, with all their "continued [two-thirds of the way down] on page 198" jumps and un-final conclusions need an indication that an article's done.

    By Blogger Eric the Half-a-Bee, at 5/29/2009 3:31 p.m.  

  • Interesting points!

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 5/29/2009 6:39 p.m.  

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