Talk:234: Escape Artist

Explain xkcd: It's 'cause you're dumb.
Revision as of 08:02, 22 September 2015 by (talk)
Jump to: navigation, search

So, I'm curious, what is the escape character's other use that wasn't discussed in the comic? Monolith (talk) 06:51, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

They are also used to add special characters or certain instructions. For example, in LaTeX (a document typesetting system) I could type "\Omega" and in the final document the Greek letter omega will be in its place. I could also type "\newline" and the final document will have a line break at that point. In either case the backslash lets the compiler know that what follows is not to be treated as ordinary text. 08:02, 22 September 2015 (UTC)