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DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT THIS SYMBOL IS?

Discussion in 'Announcements & Open Forum' started by Sonar, Oct 24, 2018.

  1. Sonar

    Sonar Sr. Member

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    I wanted to share a youtibe video link on the announcement section of this form, but couldn't figure out what this symbol was. I looked at each letter (upper and lower case) digit, and all the signs located on my smartphones keyboard, but couldn't figure out what the cutoff L-shaped sign is. Could someone tell me what it is, and where if I could locate it on my phone's keyboard? It's the one located between the backslash, and the number 3. Thanks. 73
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  2. Tallman

    Tallman W9WDX Amateur Radio Member, KW4YJ EXTRA class

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    With out know the context of the subject matter it would be hard to tell. If you were dealing with AC power that could be the third phase of a three phase power. L1, L2, L3.
     
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  3. Sonar

    Sonar Sr. Member

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    It's just part of a YouTube link I wanted to share. I've never seen that symbol before. It's not an upper or lower case L. It's not a capital i. It's just a straight vertical line with a little L shape hook at the bottom. Sharing the link isn't actually that important at this point in time. I'm assuming that YouTube uses common letters numbers, and sometimes symbols in their links, but I've never seen this one before. Nor can I find it on my keyboard. Smartphone only. I don't have a PC or LP. Thanks tall man
     
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    OldTech03 Well-Known Member

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    If you have windows 10 or others for that matter they include a character map gen that will display a multitude of maps just click on the windows symbol bottom lefthand corner and type "character map" press enter and it pops up you may be able to find this symbol or combination of symbols in that data base.
     
  5. Handy Andy

    Handy Andy Do Your Research First, Then Decide...

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    It appears in Arial Character map as lower case Latin lota
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    It's not a normal character avaialbe to use on the typical keyboard - but it does have Unicode assigned number.

    So it may be a "trigger" In the Wiki It describes it as the English reference to 'Bit' so it may also trigger a string escape sequence similar to the older ANSI escape sequence for DOS screens.

    So be aware that this may be an embedded trigger code for a counter or a unique ID to parse out a "count" or "Hit" to the link it's embedded in. Although harmless in itself - it can be used by cookies to flag a view for the third party that parses out the cookie it's in to use as a count or indication...

    Again harmless so to speak but if the reference to the video or link is used to determine personality types, actions or profiles - these little offline characters embedded in links do tell and leave a trial others can follow.
     
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  6. Sonar

    Sonar Sr. Member

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    Where else but here on wwdX would I have ever found that information out. Thanks for taking the time to figure out what the heck that was. I did research it myself, but couldn't come up with anything. After my research I figured I had nothing to lose by posting the question as to what that was right here. Once again thank you very much for not only finding out what that character was, but what the possible ramifications of it being part of a YouTube link, or any link for that matter. I actually am glad that it happened. I never knew how to copy and paste, or is it referred to as cut and paste, but I finally figured it out. I did add the link to the post I left on the announcement open forum part of this site. Once again I greatly appreciate you taking the time to get that information to me. I hope it helps others in the future. 73. PS. Happy Halloween...
     

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