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The Character Set

A Character denotes any letter, digit, punctuation mark, or any other sign used in the representation of information in any language. BASIC, like other computer languages, has the following character set:

  1. Alphabets:
  • A, B, C, D…………Z (26 character)
  1. Numerals:
  • 0, 1, 2, 3,…………9 (10 characters)
  1. Special Characters:

–              Minus (operator for subtraction)

+        plus (operator for addition)

*       asterisk (multiplication operator)

/       slash (division operator)

^       caret (exponentiation operator)

(        opening bracket (left parenthesis)

)        closing bracket (right parenthesis)

,        comma

;        semicolon

:        colon

$       dollar symbol

=       equality or assignment symbol

.        decimal point

>       greater than

<       less than

“       quotation mark (16 characters)

Only these fifty-two characters are allowed to construct statements in BASIC. Blank space is a character when used in string constant. Other characters used are # and ?.

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