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Long ago, some packages used to use the ‘@’ sign as a special
character, so that special measures were needed to type it. While
those packages are still in principle available, few people use them,
and those that do use them have ready access to rather good
Ordinary people (such as the author of this FAQ) need only type
This answer last edited: 2011-08-16
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