Friday, 24 June 2011

What is that character called?

If you look around your keyboard, you will notice a number of keys with characters on that you may not know the name of. In this post I will tell you the most common names for those esoteric characters. I am only looking at those characters that appear on my UK qwerty keyboard. I will explore those special characters and symbols that don't appear on the keyboard in future posts.

¬
This is called 'not' and is most commonly used in propositional logic and mathematics. It may not appear on all keyboards.

¦ and |
'Vertical bar' or 'pipe' is used in mathematics and computer programming. It can be 'broken' or 'unbroken' as shown.

^
'Caret' a.k.a 'hat', 'wedge' and 'chevron' is used in mathematics, logic, computing and to indicate ordinals in Italian.

~
'Tilde' is used in a variety of ways, such as indicating an approximation as well as the usual suspects: mathematics, logic and computing.

28 comments:

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GoToMyPc said...

Thanks! I didn't know what the names of those characters were and it was driving me nuts!

:)

GoToMyPc

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In addition to that, there are Hash, Ampersand, Asterisk, Curly Brackets, Square Brackets, forward slash, back slash.

Stepterix said...

Thank you all for the comments

IP: I did consider including those, but I figured that most people knew their names. That is why I chose the more esoteric ones.

Computer Repair Lansing said...

*LOL* Cracks me up to see the descriptions to these icons...but I'll be honest...it's been a little while since I could remember the pipes symbol.

Thanks, mate. :) Reminders that have made it into my bookmarks.

Dennis said...

Nice post.Looking forward for the meaning of other characters.Thanks.

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"|" is used in programming as as logical OR operator.

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Joyce Lansky said...

I was wondering what those little symbols were. Thanks for enlightening me.

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Kristie said...

I didn't know ~ was a tide. I use that all the time to make my dashes more fancy. :)

Stepterix said...

Thanks for all the comments

Marms said...

I knew the caret and vertical bars. But the others, I did not know until now ;) Thanks for sharing. I will remember them.

Marms

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Hi,

Thanks for all the informative stuff which you mentioned in your post its very helpful to me.

Thanks once again.

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I never knew what to call them If I have not visited this blog. Such character names are unusual. I usually call the "caret" as up arrow.

Houston Drug Lawyers said...

How about the characters and special characters that appears when press alt+ (number combination)?

Joanne Obenza said...

My laptop doesn't have that 'not' and 'pipe' symbol but thank for sharing this info about these keyboard symbols and their functions.



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Stepterix said...

Thank you all for your comments

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Not all people know about these characters. Good thing I was able to come across your blog.

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Stepterix said...

Thank you for the kind words

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Kevin Blumer said...

The carret symbol is used as well for numbers becuase at uni they ask you sill questions 2^+2^ and it goes up squared cubed etc i did learn something it took me ages to find it as well because on my laptop i could not add 2 cubed + 2 cubed

Stepterix said...

Kevin: I have also used the caret symbol to show exponents on old word processors. Nowadays we can use superscript.

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