pointed bracket

pointed bracket

[′pȯint·əd ′brak·ət]
(architecture)
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An aspect of editing which has been treated inconsistently over the years and which has often driven me to the verge of apoplexy concerns the apparently trivial issue of pointed brackets ("<" and ">").
In REED: Cambridge, the REED staff and I merrily filled in most if not all pointed brackets, and I do not recall the issue ever being discussed.
I offer three arguments for supplying missing letters within pointed brackets on the condition that the REED editor and the REED paleographer can agree on what the original reading must have been.
H-B are overly eager to supply pointed brackets to incomplete characters, doing so even when enough of the original letter remains to make the reading unambiguous.