I have been looking into the etymology of the character 是.
The site Chinese Etymology notes that this character was: "originally meaning straight or correct. The sun 旦 rises or 早 in the correct 正 place." It also notes that it is: "from sun-day 日 rì and foot-complete 𤴓正 zhèng".
I am wondering how a character for "straight" or "correct" came to have the meaning of "is or "equals".