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Appendix E. Keyboard Equivalents for Symbols and International Characters

Among the programs included in Windows XP is the Character Map utility (described in Chapter 4), which allows you to place special characters and symbols in your documents that can't otherwise by typed from the keyboard. The collection of 1185 characters and symbols shown in Character Map is the Unicode set, a character encoding standard developed by the Unicode Consortium, intended to represent nearly all of the written languages of the world.

A subset of the Unicode set is the ASCII character set (American Standard Code for Information Interchange); while only a mere 255 characters, this character set includes the numbers, upper- and lowercase letters, and standard symbols (!, @, #, $, %, [, ], and so on) found on any standard keyboard. The symbols and international characters shown in Table E-1 are also part of the ASCII character set.


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