U+00AB was added to Unicode in version 1.1 (1993). It belongs to the block Latin-1 Supplement in the Basic Multilingual Plane.

This character is a Initial Punctuation and is commonly used, that is, in no specific script. The character is also known as left guillemet and chevrons (in typography).

The glyph is not a composition. It has a Neutral East Asian Width. In bidirectional context it acts as Other Neutral and is mirrored. Its corresponding mirrored glyph is ». In text U+00AB behaves as Quotation regarding line breaks. It has type Close for sentence and Other for word breaks. The Grapheme Cluster Break is Any.

The Wikipedia has the following information about this codepoint:

Guillemets (/ˈɡɪləmɛt/, or /ɡiːəˈmeɪ/; French: [ɡijmɛ]), also called angle quotes, Latin quotation marks, or French quotation marks, are polylines pointed like arrows (« or »), sometimes forming a complementary set of punctuation marks used as a form of quotation mark.

The symbol at either end—double « and » or single ‹ and ›—is a guillemet. They are used in a number of languages to indicate speech. They resemble the symbols for lesser than (<), greater than (>), as well as rewind and fast forward on various media players, such as VCRs, DVD players, and MP3 players.


System Representation
UTF-16 00 AB
UTF-32 00 00 00 AB
URL-Quoted %C2%AB
HTML-Escape &#x00AB;
Wrong windows-1252 Mojibake «
HTML-Escape &laquo;
digraph <<
alias left guillemet
alias chevrons (in typography)
LaTeX \guillemotleft
Encoding: ISO-8859-13 (hex bytes) AB
Encoding: ISO-8859-15 (hex bytes) AB
Encoding: ISO-8859-16 (hex bytes) AB
Encoding: ISO-8859-7 (hex bytes) AB
Encoding: ISO-8859-8 (hex bytes) AB
Encoding: MACINTOSH (hex bytes) C7
Encoding: WINDOWS-1250 (hex bytes) AB
Encoding: WINDOWS-1251 (hex bytes) AB
Encoding: WINDOWS-1252 (hex bytes) AB
Encoding: WINDOWS-1253 (hex bytes) AB
Encoding: WINDOWS-1254 (hex bytes) AB
Encoding: WINDOWS-1255 (hex bytes) AB
Encoding: WINDOWS-1256 (hex bytes) AB
Encoding: WINDOWS-1257 (hex bytes) AB
Encoding: WINDOWS-1258 (hex bytes) AB
Encoding: X-MAC-CYRILLIC (hex bytes) C7

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Complete Record

Property Value
Age (age) 1.1
Block (blk) Latin_1_Sup
General Category (gc) Initial Punctuation
Script (sc) Common
Bidirectional Category (bc) Other Neutral
Combining Class (ccc) Not Reordered
Decomposition Type (dt) None
Decomposition Mapping (dm) «
Lowercase (Lower)
Simple Lowercase Mapping (slc) «
Lowercase Mapping (lc) «
Uppercase (Upper)
Simple Uppercase Mapping (suc) «
Uppercase Mapping (uc) «
Simple Titlecase Mapping (stc) «
Titlecase Mapping (tc) «
Case Folding (cf) «
ASCII Hex Digit (AHex)
Alphabetic (Alpha)
Bidi Control (Bidi_C)
Bidi Mirrored (Bidi_M)
Bidi Mirrored Glyph (bmg) »
Bidi Paired Bracket (bpb) «
Bidi Paired Bracket Type (bpt) None
Cased (Cased)
Composition Exclusion (CE)
Case Ignorable (CI)
Full Composition Exclusion (Comp_Ex)
Changes When Casefolded (CWCF)
Changes When Casemapped (CWCM)
Changes When NFKC Casefolded (CWKCF)
Changes When Lowercased (CWL)
Changes When Titlecased (CWT)
Changes When Uppercased (CWU)
Dash (Dash)
Deprecated (Dep)
Default Ignorable Code Point (DI)
Diacritic (Dia)
East Asian Width (ea) Neutral
Extender (Ext)
FC NFKC Closure (FC_NFKC) «
Grapheme Cluster Break (GCB) Any
Grapheme Base (Gr_Base)
Grapheme Extend (Gr_Ext)
Hex Digit (Hex)
Hangul Syllable Type (hst) Not Applicable
Hyphen (Hyphen)
ID Continue (IDC)
Ideographic (Ideo)
ID Start (IDS)
IDS Binary Operator (IDSB)
IDS Trinary Operator and (IDST)
Indic Positional Category (InPC) NA
Indic Syllabic Category (InSC) Other
ISO 10646 Comment (isc)
Joining Group (jg) No_Joining_Group
Join Control (Join_C)
Jamo Short Name (JSN)
Joining Type (jt) Non Joining
Line Break (lb) Quotation
Logical Order Exception (LOE)
Math (Math)
Noncharacter Code Point (NChar)
NFC Quick Check (NFC_QC) Yes
NFD Quick Check (NFD_QC) Yes
NFKC Casefold (NFKC_CF) «
NFKC Quick Check (NFKC_QC) Yes
NFKD Quick Check (NFKD_QC) Yes
Numeric Type (nt) None
Numeric Value (nv) NaN
Other Alphabetic (OAlpha)
Other Default Ignorable Code Point (ODI)
Other Grapheme Extend (OGr_Ext)
Other ID Continue (OIDC)
Other ID Start (OIDS)
Other Lowercase (OLower)
Other Math (OMath)
Other Uppercase (OUpper)
Pattern Syntax (Pat_Syn)
Pattern White Space (Pat_WS)
Quotation Mark (QMark)
Radical (Radical)
Sentence Break (SB) Close
Simple Case Folding (scf) «
Script Extension (scx) Common
Soft Dotted (SD)
STerm (STerm)
Terminal Punctuation (Term)
Unified Ideograph (UIdeo)
Variation Selector (VS)
Word Break (WB) Other
White Space (WSpace)
XID Continue (XIDC)
XID Start (XIDS)
Expands On NFC (XO_NFC)
Expands On NFD (XO_NFD)
Expands On NFKC (XO_NFKC)
Expands On NFKD (XO_NFKD)