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19 August 2011


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Good post. The "blinking vertical line" is a cursor.


Thanks, Damien. Until a few minutes ago, I thought that a cursor had to be a blinking underline thing (like I used to see in my COBOL and DOS days), and that there was another word for the vertical-line blinky. But Oxford American Dictionary backs you up, defining “cursor” as “a movable indicator on a computer screen identifying the point that will be affected by input from the user, for example showing where typed text will be inserted.” So “cursor” it is.

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