I know that:
- Computer keyboards have an Escape Key
- The symbol for the Escape Key is
U+238B Broken Circle with Northwest Arrow (⎋)
and I also know that:
- HTML5 & CSS3 both have escape characters
But are we using the same word "escape" in these two distinct contexts?
Or are "escape" (in escape character) and "escape" (in escape key) simply homographs with no meaningful connection apart from coincidental orthography?
Why am I asking this question?
I am writing some functionality (and some documentation) for a custom CMS and I would like to use the
symbol as a shorthand notation (within a namespace context where namespace prefixes are normally automatically applied) to mean:
don't use the namespace prefix here
But I'm less keen to use the:
character (conventionally used to denote the
[ESC] key) for this purpose, if these two uses of the word escape are simply coincidental and don't have the same root.