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The FE always passes strings to the kernel that look like:

"\"\<asdasd\>\""

And the \< and > get pruned out. We can simulate this for ourselves with:

"\"" <> "\\" <> "<" <> "asdasd" <> "\\" <> ">" <> "\"" // ToExpression

"asdasd"

Now it doesn't prune anything else, e.g. try:

"\"" <> "\\" <> "(" <> "asdasd" <> "\\" <> ")" <> "\"" // ToExpression

"\(asdasd\)"

So does it only strip those little angle brackets because the FE passes them? Or is there some other reason for it? And is it documented anywhere?

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