Full Stop .


Symbol Meaning

Full stop, end of sentence. Probably, the oldest punctuation mark. It was used back in the 3rd century BC. In different periods of time it had various locations. For example, different authors could put it at the bottom of the line, at the upper border or even in the middle. It's interesting that in the Russian language this symbol has a prototype — a cross. Such cross was usually put where the writer stopped writing (and left for a break). Apart from that, full stops tended to indicate word shortenings.

You may find other full stop symbols in the following scripts:

Danda. Indian writing systems, Devanagari script.

։ Verjaket. Armenian.

Space. Thai. Words are written without spaces.

Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

۔ Old Arabic.

Old Nubian.

܁ Old Syriac.


Canadian Aboriginal syllabics.






Sof Mashfaat. Samaritan.

Karik pareren. Balinese.

The symbol “Full Stop” is included in the “ASCII punctuation” subblock of the “Basic Latin” block and was approved as part of Unicode version 1.1 in 1993.

Text is also available in the following languages: Deutsch; Русский;


period, dot, decimal point.

Unicode Name Full Stop
Unicode Number
CSS Code
Entity .
Unicode Block Basic Latin
Unicode Subblock ASCII punctuation
Unicode Version 1.1 (1993)
Alt Code
Version 1.1
Block Basic Latin
Type of paired mirror bracket (bidi) None
Composition Exclusion No
Case change 002E
Simple case change 002E
Case_Ignorable +
Grapheme_Base +
age 1.1
scripts Common
Encoding hex dec (bytes) dec binary
UTF-8 2E 46 46 00101110
UTF-16BE 00 2E 0 46 46 00000000 00101110
UTF-16LE 2E 00 46 0 11776 00101110 00000000
UTF-32BE 00 00 00 2E 0 0 0 46 46 00000000 00000000 00000000 00101110
UTF-32LE 2E 00 00 00 46 0 0 0 771751936 00101110 00000000 00000000 00000000

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