Symbols and characters

A symbol is usually represented in a symbol font, such as Wingdings, and is an image rather than a letter of an alphabet.

However, there is overlap between fonts and the locations of symbols and characters.

Use symbols in their generic sense, such as the percent symbol (%). 

Don’t use the word symbol when you mean character, letter, or digit

Generally, a character is taken to represent the output of hitting a key or combination of keys on a keyboard (most often, a letter of an alphabet):  A-Z, 0-9, ! @ £ $ % ^ & * ( ) _ + }

This article explains which special characters you can import into…

This article explains which symbols you can import into…

For security purposes, Anaplan strips out anything that has been placed between greater than and less than characters (<>) with no spaces.

For security purposes, Anaplan strips out anything that has been placed between greater than and less than symbols (<>) with no spaces.


While screen-reading applications can be set to read special characters such as the ampersand symbol (&), it’s generally best to avoid using it whenever possible. Plus, the & symbol can draw attention to the conjunction, which is the least important part of the sentence. 

As a result, avoid using & to replace the word and except when:

  • It is part of a company's formal name (Legal & General).
  • It is part of an abbreviation from our A–Z word list (S&OP).
  • It is being used in a tweet or an ad where space is at a premium.

In UI copy, always use the word and. However, you can use the & symbol in UI labels. 

Avoid using the & symbol as a design element or for anything that is purely stylistic in purpose.

However, & is acceptable when writing for social media channels. 


Guidance coming soon.

Percent symbol

Use the percent symbol (%) when paired with a number.

Efficiency increased by 81%.

Use the word percentage without a number.

What percentage of model builders attended the webinar?

Monetary symbols

In the case of U.S. dollars, Euros, and UK pounds, the symbol is placed before the number ($100, €100, and £100). In the case of Swiss francs, the initialism gets placed after the number (100CHF). 

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