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Why do the less than symbol (<) and the greater than symbol (>) appear wrong as upside down exclamation or question mark?

My question is in the title.

How can I write the greater than symbol? When I use the < off the keyboard, it appears on my PDF as an inverted question mark.


If you want to use it as a math operator, you need to add $ signs:


Use the textcomp package and the command \textlangle or \textrangle.

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