Record Separator

Symbol Meaning

The Record Separator symbol was used in computer terminals, printers, text processing systems, and telecommunications equipment. Its purpose was to indicate the borders between data records in a single stream.

It was also employed to separate information records in data streams, allowing devices and programs to identify the boundaries between different data records and process them accordingly. This was particularly useful for processing structured data consisting of multiple information blocks, such as tables or lists.

In modern computer systems and applications, the U+001E symbol is rarely used because other mechanisms and protocols, such as markup languages (e.g., XML, JSON) and specialized data formats, are used for these objectives.

Like many other control symbols, this one has no visible representation and doesn't occupy a lot of space on screen or in typed text. However, there is a separate symbol in Control Pictures2400–243F representing the graphical image of Record Separator as the abbreviation RS — .

The symbol “Record Separator” is included in the “C0 controls” Subblock of the “Basic Latin” Block and was approved as part of Unicode version 1.1 in 1993.

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Information Separator Two, RS.

Unicode Name Record Separator
Unicode Number
CSS Code
Unicode Block Basic Latin
Unicode Subblock C0 controls
Unicode Version 1.1 (1993)
Keyboard shortcut ^^
Version 1.1
Block Basic Latin
Type of paired mirror bracket (bidi) None
Composition Exclusion No
Case change 001E
Simple case change 001E
Encoding hex dec (bytes) dec binary
UTF-8 1E 30 30 00011110
UTF-16BE 00 1E 0 30 30 00000000 00011110
UTF-16LE 1E 00 30 0 7680 00011110 00000000
UTF-32BE 00 00 00 1E 0 0 0 30 30 00000000 00000000 00000000 00011110
UTF-32LE 1E 00 00 00 30 0 0 0 503316480 00011110 00000000 00000000 00000000