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CHARACTER STUDY


A Review of DOS
Characters and Symbols

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When using DOS, a number of characters and symbols will
be encountered. These are appointed for various operations,
such as short names, wildcards, designators, and for many other
purposes. Over 40 of them will be discussed in the following article.

    Not all aspects or functions will be addressed. Some are purposed by DOS in additional ways, but for the most part, these ways, along with characters not shown, are behind the scenes or are seldom employed by most DOS users. As such, they will not be considered.

Understand that not everything may apply to your manufacturer
or version of DOS. In particular, many symbols discussed
below were not employed as described until 1990s
versions of DOS. Conversely, some purposes
have fallen into disuse in newer DOSes.

Symbol names will be capitalised
for the purpose of this article.




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The CHARACTERS and SYMBOLS




As mentioned at the start, there are additional uses for the
preceding characters; plus there are additional symbols not
discussed here. If you feel there are some that should have
been included, feel free to send an e-mail with your
suggestions and the reasons for inclusion.




Learning to use these symbols will add to your
DOS tool kit. You will gain extra power at the
command line and within batch files and macros.



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