Is there an upside down caret character?

I have to maintain a large number of classic ASP pages, many of which have tabular data with no sort capabilities at all. Whatever order the original developer used in the database query is what you're stuck with.

I want to to tack on some basic sorting to a bunch of these pages, and I'm doing it all client side with javascript. I already have the basic script done to sort a given table on a given column in a given direction, and it works well as long as the table is limited by certain conventions we follow here.

What I want to do for the UI is just indicate sort direction with the caret character ( ^ ) and ... what? Is there a special character that is the direct opposite of a caret? The letter v won't quite cut it. Alternatively, is there another character pairing I can use?

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answered 10 year ago Vilx- #1

I'd use a couple of tiny images. Would look better too.

Alternatively, you can try the Character Map utility that comes with Windows or try looking here.

Another solution I've seen is to use the Wingdings font for symbols. That has a lot fo arrows.

answered 10 year ago Bill Karwin #2

An upside-down circumflex is called a caron, or a háček.

It has an HTML entity in the TADS Latin-2 extension to HTML: ˇ and looks like this: ˇ which unfortunately doesn't display in the same size/proportion as the ^ caret.

Or you can use the unicode U+30C.

answered 10 year ago sblundy #3

There's ▲: ▲ and ▼: ▼

answered 10 year ago Mark Ransom #4

You might be able to use the black triangles, Unicode values U+25b2 and U+25bc. Or the arrows, U+2191 and U+2193.

answered 10 year ago Max Lybbert #5

There's always a lowercase "v". But seriously, aside from Unicode, all I can find would be &darr, which looks like ↓.

answered 10 year ago shahkalpesh #6

c# code

int i = 0;
char c = '↑';
i = (int)c;
Console.WriteLine(i); // prints 8593

int j = 0;
char d = '↓';
j = (int)d;
Console.WriteLine(j); // prints 8595

answered 9 year ago Josh Bodily #7

Don't forget the (logical and) and (logical or) characters, that's what I use for indicating sort direction: HTML entities ∧ & ∨ respectively.

answered 5 year ago tomekwi #8

A powerful option – and one which also boosts creativity – is designing your own characters using box drawing characters.

Want a down pointing "caret"? Here's one: ╲╱

I've recently discovered them — and I take great pleasure at using such custom designed characters for labeling things all around :) .

answered 4 year ago BCLaw15 #9

I did subscript capital & bolded V. It works perfectly (although it takes some effort, if it needs to be done repetitively)




answered 2 year ago Stu Coston #10

Could you just draw an svg path inside of a span using document.write? The span isn't required for the svg to work, it just ensures that the svg remains inline with whatever text the carat is next to. I used margin-bottom to vertically center it with the text, there might be another way to do that though. This is what I did on my blog's side nav (minus the js). If you don't have text next to it you wouldn't need the span or the margin-bottom offset.

<div id="ID"></div>

<script type="text/javascript">
var x = document.getElementById('ID');

// your "margin-bottom" is the negative of 1/2 of the font size (in this example the font size is 16px)
// change the "stroke=" to whatever color your font is too
x.innerHTML = document.write = '<span><svg style="margin-bottom: -8px; height: 30px; width: 25px;" viewBox="0,0,100,50"><path fill="transparent" stroke-width="4" stroke="black" d="M20 10 L50 40 L80 10"/></svg></span>';

answered 2 year ago Colin D #11

You might consider using Font Awesome instead of using the unicode or other icons

The code can be as simple as (a) including font-awesome e.g. <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/font-awesome/4.7.0/css/font-awesome.min.css"> (b) making a button such as <button><i class="fa fa-arrow-down"></i></button>

answered 2 year ago nic #12

The ^ (Caret - or Ascii Circumflex), produced by pressing shift + 6, does not appear to have an Ascii opposite, namely an Ascii Inverted Circumflex.

But for your alternative character pairing that also have keyboard combinations, you could use:

ˆ (Circumflex) shift + alt + i and
ˇ (Caron) shift + alt + t

Source: fileformat.info

answered 1 year ago Isaac Pak #13

If you are needing font-awesome for React Apps then React Icons is a very good resource and very easy to implement. It includes a lot more libraries than just font-awesome.

answered 1 year ago JoostS #14

There is no upside down caret character, but you can easily rotate the caret with CSS. This is a simple solution that looks perfect. Press 'Run code snippet' to see it in action:

.upsidedown {
.upsidedown.caret {
display: inline-block; 
bottom: 0.15em;
more items <span class="upsidedown caret">^</span>

Please note the following...

  • I did a little correction for the positioning of the caret, as it is normally high (thus low in the rotated version). You want to move it a little up. This 'little' is relative to the font-size, hence the 'em'. Depending on your font choice, you might want to fiddle with this to make it look good.
  • This solution does not work in IE8. You should use a filter if you want IE8 support. IE8 support is not really required nor common in 2018.
  • If you want to use this in combination with Twitter Bootstrap, please rename the class 'caret' to something else, like 'caret_down' (as it collides with a class name from Twitter Bootstrap).

answered 1 year ago ashleedawg #15


 ˅˅˅ Hǝɹǝ,s ɐ ɯɐʇɔɥᴉuƃ sǝʇ˙ ˅˅˅
 ˄˄˄ Here's a matching set. ˄˄˄


"Actual size": ˅˄˅˄
(more info)

Edit: Another Option...

⋁⋁⋁⋁⋁⋁⋁⋁⋁⋁ Unicode #8897 / U+22C1 (info) named N-ARY LOGICAL OR

⋀⋀⋀⋀⋀⋀⋀⋀⋀⋀ Unicode #8896 / U+22C0 (info) named N-ARY LOGICAL AND

"Actual size": ⋁⋀⋁⋀

answered 1 week ago msh210 #16

U+2304 DOWN ARROWHEAD, in HTML as &#8964;

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