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twirling baton
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graphics The overstrike sequence -/|-/|- which produces an
animated twirling baton. If you output it with a single
backspace between characters, the baton spins in place. If
you output the sequence BS SP between characters, the baton
spins from left to right. If you output BS SP BS BS between
characters, the batton spins from right to left.
The twirling baton was a popular component of animated
signature files on the pioneering PLATO educational
time-sharing system. The "archie" Internet service is
perhaps the best-known baton program today; it uses the
twirling baton as an idler indicating that the program is
working on a query.