The math symbols < > and | are used only in math mode.
Note that left and right angle brackets (which are somewhat taller than
< and >) can be obtained with
\langle and \rangle commands.
The single right quotation mark, ', produces a prime in math mode.
You can also use \prime.
See also Math Formulas,
Math Fonts and Styles
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Revised: Sheldon Green, 5 Jul 1995.