- In some Unix shells and Windows PowerShell, the ; (semicolon) character is a statement separator.
- In many regular expression engines, the . (dot) character matches any character, not just a dot.
- In XML and HTML, the & (ampersand) character introduces an HTML entity.
- In many programming languages, strings are delimited using quotes. In some cases, escape characters (and other methods) are used to avoid delimiter collision. Example : "He said : \"Hello\"".