Block Elements is the name of a range of characters in the Unicode character encoding standard.

One of Unicode's goals is to provide round trip encoding to and from all existing character set standards. To do this, it must encode some pretty silly stuff.

IBM PC Code Page 437, among others, contains a number of characters intended to enable a simple kind of display cell graphics, by filling a fraction of a cell, or shading a cell to some degree. Note that these characters do not form a logically complete set, but are instead just enough for compatibility.

As with the Box Drawing code block, if you're careful, you can draw pictures :



Unicode's Block Elements code block reserves the 32 code points from U+2580 to U+259F, of which all 32 are currently assigned.

Box Drawing <-- Block Elements --> Geometric Shapes

Number of characters added in each version of the Unicode standard :
Unicode 1.1 : 22
Unicode 3.2 : 10

All the characters in this code block are in general category Symbol, Other So

All the characters in this code block are in bidirectional category Other Neutral ON

The columns below should be interpreted as :

  1. The Unicode code for the character
  2. The character in question
  3. The Unicode name for the character
  4. The Unicode version when this character was added

If the characters below show up poorly, or not at all, see Unicode Support for possible solutions.


Block Elements

     Block elements

U+2580   ▀   upper half block 1.1
sgml &uhblk;
U+2581   ▁   lower one eighth block 1.1
U+2582   ▂   lower one quarter block 1.1
U+2583   ▃   lower three eighths block 1.1
U+2584   ▄   lower half block 1.1
sgml &lhblk;
U+2585   ▅   lower five eighths block 1.1
U+2586   ▆   lower three quarters block 1.1
U+2587   ▇   lower seven eighths block 1.1
U+2588   █   full block 1.1
sgml &block;
aka solid
ref U+25A0   ■   black square (Geometric Shapes)
U+2589   ▉   left seven eighths block 1.1
U+258A   ▊   left three quarters block 1.1
U+258B   ▋   left five eighths block 1.1
U+258C   ▌   left half block 1.1
U+258D   ▍   left three eighths block 1.1
U+258E   ▎   left one quarter block 1.1
U+258F   ▏   left one eighth block 1.1
U+2590   ▐   right half block 1.1

     Shade characters

U+2591   ░   light shade 1.1
sgml &blk14;
* 25%
U+2592   ▒   medium shade 1.1
sgml &blk12;
* 50%
U+2593   ▓   dark shade 1.1
sgml &blk34;
* 75%

     Block elements

U+2594   ▔   upper one eighth block 1.1
U+2595   ▕   right one eighth block 1.1

     Terminal graphic characters

U+2596   ▖   quadrant lower left 3.2
U+2597   ▗   quadrant lower right 3.2
U+2598   ▘   quadrant upper left 3.2
U+2599   ▙   quadrant upper left and lower left and lower right 3.2
U+259A   ▚   quadrant upper left and lower right 3.2
U+259B   ▛   quadrant upper left and upper right and lower left 3.2
U+259C   ▜   quadrant upper left and upper right and lower right 3.2
U+259D   ▝   quadrant upper right 3.2
U+259E   ▞   quadrant upper right and lower left 3.2
U+259F   ▟   quadrant upper right and lower left and lower right 3.2
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