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The Line-Continuation Symbol is a symbol that can be used to prevent confusion caused by word-wrapping in AppleScript Editor.

An example:

display dialog "Hello World!" ¬

      default answer ""

Although this code takes up 2 lines, the compiler reads the first line, sees the line-continuation symbol, and then reads the second line as a continuation of the first line. Using the U.S. keyboard, this character can easily be achieved by the key combination Option-l (lowercase L). As an alternative, or for those that don't use a U.S. keyboard, you can simply use Option-Return in Script Editor and a continuation character along with a new line will be inserted.