Vertical bar character

Rick Jelliffe ricko at
Sat Dec 6 11:54:21 GMT 1997

> From: Peter Murray-Rust <peter at>

> Thanks. This helps a good deal. I'm mystified as to why 166 (aka 'Broken
> bar') is displayed as a minute formless squiggle and 214 is displayed as a
> broken bar but I can survive without that knowledge
> >
> >This means that software that is converting files between Latin-1 (or
> >UNICODE, or
> >Microsoft "ANSI") and PC-DOS code page 850 ought to perform a conversion on
> >these characters.
> Yes. It performs an unwanted one :-). It looks like a problem between Java
> and the DOS commandline. What particularly worried me was that simple Java
> code using 'char' translated this character into 65446, which presumably
> has a completely different meaning in Unicode. IOW there is a danger that
> corruptions could take place.

This must be a bug.  65446 = FFA6, but I figure that 166=00A6 which is suspiciously
close.   FFA6 is a naughty Korean character, so I guess someone has 
programmed wrong. 

I dont know whay 214 = D6 is displayed as a broken bar.  Have a look in
the keycaps application whether 214= D6 is indeed a broken bar in the
font you are using.  (It is also quite possible for a font designer to
decide to use a broken bar glyph where a single bar is wanted, and vice
versa. If that is the case, change the font to one that isnt broken.) 

Rick Jelliffe

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