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The section sign (Unicode U+00A7 § Section sign, HTML
\S) is a typographical character used mainly to refer to a particular section of a document, such as a legal code. It is also called "double S" and "sectional symbol".
When duplicated, as §§, it is read as the plural "sections" (e.g. "§§ 13–21"), much as "pp." (pages) is the plural of "p."
It is frequently used along with the pilcrow (¶), or paragraph sign. Like the dagger (†) and double dagger (‡), it is also sometimes used to link to a footnote where the asterisk (*) is already in use on a given page.
It is common practice to follow the section sign with a non-breaking space, just before the actual section being cited.
In some European countries, the section sign is widely understood as a symbol of the justice system, in much the same way the Rod of Asclepius is used to represent medicine. For example, it is used in the logo of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Justice.
In Brazil, the sign is used in laws and other norms to represent paragraphs inside articles. The first paragraph is named as Latin caput, and the following are ordinally numbered.
On Windows, it can be entered using the key sequence Composeso or the Windows Alt Codes 0167 or 21. On a Mac QWERTY keyboard, it can be entered using the key combination ⌥ Opt+6. On Linux, Composes!.
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