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ShowSpecialCharacters is an option for Cell which specifies whether to replace \[Name], \:nnnn, etc. by explicit special characters.
With ShowSpecialCharacters->False special characters are always displayed by name when possible.
ShowSpecialCharacters is more often set at the level of styles or notebooks than at the level of individual cells.
See also: ShowStringCharacters, CharacterEncoding.
New in Version 3.