Alt-gr (the right-hand Alt key) + that key will produce the "broken-bar" symbol ''.

'' is known in some circles, predominantly the APL crowd as the 'not' symbol. It can also be used as not in REXX if a = 'this' then if memory serves.

As for '`', I've often wished that the back-ticks use of this could be relinguished in favour of qx[] so that it could then be utilised for something else.

Eg. some of the inconsistancies with {} being interpreted as anonymous hashes instead of blocks could be done away with if a hash used backticks. $hash`key`. It would also do away with the need for double delimiters where the key contains spaces and other similar characters: $hash{'another key'} or

$hashref = `key1 => value1, key2 => value2`;

Though it would require both '`' and '=' to be escaped if part of a key.

Perl 6 has gone for %hash<<key>>, which for is okay, but still requires "double delimiters" for non-unicode typing or at least double keystrokes for those set up for unicode compositing.


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In reply to Re: UK keyboard answer by BrowserUk
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