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Questions tagged [special-characters]

For questions related to special characters (usually non-ASCII) that appear, or have been placed, somewhere on the SE network.

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How to search for posts with special characters like “${^MATCH}” [duplicate]

How to search for posts with special characters like ${^MATCH}? Using quotes doesn't work.
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Non-breaking space removed from posts on edit

I made a steganographic puzzle here, which hides the message using the "zero width non-breaking space" character. But when I edited the question (to correct the tag), the non-breaking spaces ...
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Bug: \u200b and \u200c characters added to code snippet in comment [duplicate]

See this comment in the Stack Exchange sandbox. I quote it here: Have a look at this JS code: document.body.removeChild(document.body.appendChild(document.createElement('style'))); If you manually ...
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Tag names cannot end with hyphen (-)

According to What symbols/characters are not allowed in tags?, the list of allowed tag characters are [a-z 0-9 + # - .] Currently, it seems that tags ending in - don't work properly on Stack ...
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How can I use non-breaking spaces in questions?

I want to use a non-breaking space on Stack Exchange to ensure that an important group of words is kept together on a single line. I've tried inserting the character space directly as , but it doesn'...
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“Writing Good Titles” forbids the phrase 'question-mark' in titles

I understand why the standalone word 'question' is forbidden in titles; however SE doesn't make an exception for 'question-mark', as in this case, where I was trying to improve the title from: How to ...
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Weird invisible characters are automatically added to comments? [duplicate]

It seems invisible ZERO WIDTH SPACE (U+200B) characters are sometime inserted into comments. Specifically, in this comment, the first "/org/gnome/desktop..." string contains invisible characters, ...
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How can I search for special characters?

Situation: It started out as me trying to search for the literal string C-c in https://vi.stackexchange.com/ but it ended up omitting the - sign and showing results which contained the strings C/C++ ...
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Japanese Kanji not authorized on Worldbuilding? [duplicate]

When composing that answer on Worldbuilding, I wanted to give an example in Japanese. I used the typical canna input method. As can be seen, hiragana and katakana were accepted without problems, but ...
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How to search for literal special characters?

Next to the search box, there's an "Advanced Search Tips" button that opens up an explanation about special characters used for special search queries. But since special characters trigger special ...
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Usernames with weird unicode characters that are annoying and adversely affect formatting

I just came across this SO user whose username is Z̷͙̗̻͖̣̹͉̫̬̪̖̤͆ͤ̓ͫͭ̀̐͜͞ͅͅαлγo which spans more vertical space than "normal" characters when rendered on page, which looks ugly especially as a ...
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Can I search for a quoted word?

I'm trying to find duplicates of this question: What is the etymology of "word!" Searching for word on ELU is fruitless, as this word is obviously used all the time on that site; I just ...
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an error occurred submitting the answer stackoverflow [duplicate]

Am getting this error "an error occurred submitting the answer" in stackoverflow Even here i couldn't add the code its showing the same error message!!
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C# tag in Data-Explorer links wrong

When running this query my top votes is C#. I click on the link provided to the tag (which I'm assuming the system is handling converting the tags to links as I dont' see anywhere in the query doing ...
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“An error occurred submitting the answer.”

Related: "An error occurred submitting the question." I’m trying to post an answer to this question and keep getting the error message, “An error occurred submitting the answer.” Thinking ...
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URLs in comments surrounded by double quotes wrongly linkified [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: strange character replacement on SO I have made a comment here (first comment in this question itself) with this text: Test 1 (without backticks): String myURL = String("http:...
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Problem of titles with single quotation mark on about page

I answered a question on Stackoverflow which seems normal on post. Does it matter performance wise if there is an `else` after the first `return`? When I add it to about page in my SO profile, ...
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Does the SO search engine require escape characters?

I'm trying to do a search in the SO search engine for C code questions that contain the %*s specificer. The search I'm using is: [c] "%*s", I've also tried it with `s The problem is that the search ...
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Null bytes accepted as part of text (not really)

I think it's OK to post this because it's already clear that null bytes can be entered into posts and comments, and possibly other fields. If one takes a look at this answer , it's clear that one can ...
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An answer without any content?

Randomly looking around SO, I come across this question. What catches my eye is an unusual answer in that it's not worded at all: Seems like a bug to me...may warrant looking into.
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Plus sign in tags [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Bug with tags with plus in name Somehow this question has a tag ruby+cucumber (at least before it was edited). However, this tag appears to be impossible: selecting it ...
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Don't count non-printing characters, HTML comments or other content not displayed toward minimum character requirements

A follow-up to Enforcing a question minimum character length?, and an extension of Spaces getting past minimum character limit. This post shows that it is possible to circumvent minimum character ...
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The “total rep” line of the reputation audit features incorrect colons/braces

From my reputation audit for tex.sx: ** rep today: 262 ** rep this week (2011-12-04 - 2011-12-10): 262 ** rep this month (2011-12-01 - 2011-12-31): 752 ** rep this quarter (2011-10-01 - 2011-12-31): ...
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Searching for “\\?\” in posts

I would like to search for "\\?\" (two backslashes, followed by a question mark, followed by a single backslash (I had to type three backslashes to get two to appear in my post)) in all posts matching ...
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Tags cannot properly represent underscores

I just created a question with an HTTP_ACCEPT_LANGUAGE tag. This value is built into Python, so I believe I need an underscore to do justice in describing my question. Is there any hope in getting ...
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Broken ampersand symbol

It appears in the hint on flair tab in the profile page. Because of the «quality standards» i need to add some dummy text steps to reproduce this bug: Open your profile Select the flair tab Move your ...
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Umlauts in search?

I tried to find an answer of mine which has a word with an umlaut in its body, it didn't quite work out though. Search string user:546730 übermensch gives these results: The search was supposed to ...
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Permalink to answer redirects to question if title has changed (or if title holds special characters)

When a title has changed, existing permalinks to answers redirect to the question instead. Like: /questions/71561/please-fix-this-first/71637#71637 ...tries to redirect to a URL with the current ...
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How to use “star” (symbol) in hyperlink

How to encode the star (*) in a hyperlink. For example, this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IDA* points to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IDA, not the correct one. How to append the star at the ...
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How do I display a (R) or (TM) symbol on SE sites? [closed]

In normal html I just show this character - &#174 How to do it on SE sites? I see the problem now. I was trying to do it in a quote. As in quoting another source. That seems to cause an issue ...
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How to search || and or on StackOverflow?

One of my questions was closed, because of being a duplicate. My question is how can I search for duplicates for my original question. The keywords in my mind are: || or ruby rails Putting the ...
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How do I put special characters in a tag? [duplicate]

For instance, I want an ampersand in D&D, but it gets filtered out.
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Why is Stack Overflow skipping & and ! sign in question titles?

I found my post title with special characters like & and ! being skipped and generated without them. I would like to know why is it done? I found similar problem while forwarding user request ...
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Popular search terms with special characters give useless search results

Using the new jobs search on SO careers, if you search for C# in the "what" box, it performs a search for C, missing off the # symbol. Example
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Shouldn't all characters be searchable on a programmer's QA site? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I search for a string containing a colon? Searching for non-word character sequences (which are operators in many languages) feels like it should be a doable thing on ...
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Improvements to search functionality for technical people

As StackOverflow and most of the others in this collection are sites for technical people, we often search for specific technical terms. As an example, I was searching for a problem with PHP and the /...
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Searching for a question with [ in the title

I had a question which was very difficult to find on google, because the question was in reference to the linux command /usr/bin/[. Google seems to ignore the [ part of my search rendering the answer ...
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Search terms with dollar signs ($) are ignored

When searching for "MON$ATTACHMENTS"" it searches for "MONATTACHMENTS". Likewise, searching for "MON$ATTACHMENTS" still searches for "MONATTACHMENTS". It seems like it is impossible to search for ...
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How to search Stack Overflow for string containing < and > characters?

Is it possible to search Stack Overflow for a string containing < and > characters? I'm trying to find questions relating to Where<T> but get told there are no results for WhereT. This ...