Dotted circle

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Dotted circle

The dotted circle, in Unicode, is a typographic character used to illustrate the effect of a combining mark, such as a diacritic mark.[1] In Windows, it is possible to use the key combination Alt+9676 to produce the character.


A Unicode combining mark combines with a preceding character. When used as stand-alone, it would combine unintentionally with a preceding character (possibly a space):

  • Diacritic ̒ used alone between regular spaces
  • Diacritic ◌̒ used after a character

Using the generic dotted circle character also shows the relative positioning of the diacritic.

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  1. ^ "Chapter 17. About the Code Charts" (PDF). The Unicode Standard. Version 6.2. Unicode, Inc. 2012-09-26. p. 273. Retrieved 2015-03-28. Combining characters are shown with a dotted circle. […] the relative position of the dotted circle indicates an […] approximate location of the base character in relation to the combining mark. […]