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radix mark

Pascal uses the . (dot) to separate the integer and fractional part in literal decimal integers.

myReal := 6.28318

At least one digit in front of the period is mandatory. A 0 integer part must not be omitted.

Numbers noted in a non-decimal base can not be noted in that way. E. g. the numeric value “a half” can not be written as %0.1 (% being the prefix marking binary numbers).

identifier scope selector

For structured data types the dot separates the data structure identifier from its individual components, i. e. methods or data fields.

 1program recordDemo(input, output, stderr);
 4	Linux;
 7	info: TSysInfo;
 9	if sysInfo(@info) <> 0 then
10	begin
11		halt(1);
12	end;
14	writeLn('uptime: ', info.uptime, ' seconds');
16	with info do
17	begin
18		writeLn('total free: ', freeram, ' bytes');
19	end;


Two consecutive dots .. let you specify an ordinal type sub-range.

	signumCodomain = -1..1;

This is the same as math.TValueSign.

module end

The main block of any module, i. e. program, unit or library, has to be closed with an end “dot”:

program hiWorld(input, output, stderr);

	writeLn('Hi world!');

It can be seen as an adoption of natural (written) languages, where a full stop marks an end of a sentence.

Anything else after the final end., assuming syntactical correctness, will be ignored by the compiler.


Unit names containing dots create namespaces.

ASCII value

In ASCII, the character code decimal 46 (or hexadecimal 2E) is defined to be . (full stop).

navigation bar: topic: Pascal symbols
single characters

+ (plus)  •  - (minus)  •  * (asterisk)  •  / (slash)
= (equal)  •  > (greater than)  •  < (less than)
. (period)  •  : (colon)  •  ; (semi colon)
^ (hat)  •  @ (at)
$ (dollar sign)  •  & (ampersand)  •  # (hash)
' (single quote)

character pairs

<> (not equal)  •  <= (less than or equal)  •  := (becomes)  •  >= (greater than or equal)

 •  >< (symmetric difference)  •  // (double slash)