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A character in writing, printing, and computer work is a symbolic representation, formally referred to as an "orthographic symbol", that is used to represent an individual unit of language. In English and other alphabetic writing systems, characters do not just represent letters; they also include numbers, spaces, and symbols like $ and &. In nonalphabetic writing systems, however, characters represent extended units of language such as words, phrases, sentences, and syllables.
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