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Old 11-29-2010, 10:39 PM   #1
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Default what is this vertical line called?

Does this figure have a name: "|"
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:14 AM   #2
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I call it a 'pipe': which is the standard term from UNIX but have no idea if it's general to non-geeks.

Wikipedia rather boringly calls it a vertical bar (which can be broken or not).

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I agree with Lois. It's a pipe.

   
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Old 11-30-2010, 11:08 AM   #4
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Depends on what class of lingo you’re talking. In typography it is usually called a vertical bar (or just a bar). In phonetics it refers to a semi-sounded character called a dental click. I think pipe came to us from computer science.

But anyone of whatever tribe may use any of the names.

   
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In typography it is usually called a vertical bar (or just a bar). In phonetics it refers to a semi-sounded character called a dental click.
The official Unicode tables call character 007C a vertical line. They give "Latin letter dental click" its own slot at 01C0.
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The official Unicode tables call character 007C a vertical line. They give "Latin letter dental click" its own slot at 01C0.
I think typographic practice trumps unicode when it comes to naming conventions in a typesetting context. The click should have its own slot — to those who use it, it is a real character, like a, b, or q.

   
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I think typographic practice trumps unicode when it comes to naming conventions in a typesetting context.
It seems they're in agreement on this one. Calling it a pipe is a bit like calling a comma a pause. But then lots of serious Unix geeks still call asterisks stars.
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Typographic practice and unicode might not be in conflict. It depends on which vertical line is closer traditional writing practice.

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I agree with Lois. It's a pipe.
I also have heard it called a pipe ... no idea where I heard that but nothing to do with Unix here.

   
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It's used in DOS and The DOS-like Thing That Lurks Inside Windows as a pipe character too. Maybe you ran across it there?

   
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