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is the head of a character string .
  • Strings can contain any sequence of ordinary or special characters. »
  • can be used as a pattern that represents a string.
  • In FullForm, special characters in strings are given as or . »
  • If an explicit newline in the string is preceded by a single backslash , the backslash and newline are ignored.
Enter a string:
InputForm shows quotes:
Enter a string:
Click for copyable input
InputForm shows quotes:
Click for copyable input
Enter explicit newlines using :
is the empty string, which normally does not print:
InputForm explicitly shows the empty strings:
Strings can contain any sequence of ordinary and special characters:
In FullForm, full character names are used:
Strings preserve internal formatting:
All strings have head String:
matches any string, but not a symbol:
Strings can have any expression embedded:
Strings can contain graphics:
Print text (the quotes do not appear by default):
Create formatted text:
Define a function that applies only to strings:
Use strings as plot markers:
Give text in graphics:
Break a string into characters:
Reconstruct the string:
Find character codes for characters in a string:
Reconstruct the string:
Turn a string into an expression:
ToString creates strings, by default with OutputForm:
Create a string containing InputForm:
Use to enter a inside a string:
Strings are treated as "atoms" with no parts:
Use StringLength to find the character length of a string:
Strings do not automatically insert spacing around operator characters:
An InputForm string contains explicit space characters:
The actual sequences of characters in a formatted string can be fairly complicated:
A string with special characters usually does not include the long form of the character:
Force long form names to be used:
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