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When printer escaping is disabled, a character prints as itself; it is sent directly to the output stream. When printer escaping is enabled, then #\ syntax is used.

When the printer types out the name of a character, it uses the same table as the #\ reader macro would use; therefore any character name that is typed out is acceptable as input (in that implementation). If a non-graphic character has a standardized name[5], that name is preferred over non-standard names for printing in #\ notation. For the graphic standard characters, the character itself is always used for printing in #\ notation---even if the character also has a name[5].

For details about the #\ reader macro, see Section (Sharpsign Backslash).

The following X3J13 cleanup issue, not part of the specification, applies to this section:

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