Some symbols, such as the dollar sign ($), can be terribly difficult to pass from one script to another as literal text. Shortcodes make it easy to include symbols in your text messages.
In some cases, you will be able to use the symbol directly in a script without resorting to a shortcode. However, if you need the shortcode, it is an easy alternative.
Symbol Shortcodes must be in uppercase letters.
To include a symbol in the text of a message, simply use the shortcode instead of the symbol like this:
TEXTMSG="The product <LDQ>Old-Fashioned Cookies<RDQ> costs <DL>2.50." TEXTMSG="$TEXTMSG This represents 50<PCT> of the budget<BANG>" /usr/local/bin/monitor.chat.sh "$TEXTMSG"
Shortcodes make it easy to include symbols in a text message.