Command to Show a List of Special Characters for bash prompt (PS1)

alias PS1="man bash | sed -n '/ASCII bell/,/end a sequence/p'"
I use this command (PS1) to show a list bash prompt's special characters. I tested it against A flavor of Red Hat Linux and Mac OS X
Sample Output
$ PS1
              \a     an ASCII bell character (07)
              \d     the  date in "Weekday Month Date" format (e.g., "Tue May
                     26")
              \D{format}
                     the format is passed to strftime(3) and  the  result  is
                     inserted into the prompt string; an empty format results
                     in a locale-specific time  representation.   The  braces
                     are required
              \e     an ASCII escape character (033)
              \h     the hostname up to the first '.'
              \H     the hostname
              \j     the number of jobs currently managed by the shell
              \l     the basename of the shell's terminal device name
              \n     newline
              \r     carriage return
              \s     the  name  of the shell, the basename of $0 (the portion
                     following the final slash)
              \t     the current time in 24-hour HH:MM:SS format
              \T     the current time in 12-hour HH:MM:SS format
              \@     the current time in 12-hour am/pm format
              \A     the current time in 24-hour HH:MM format
              \u     the username of the current user
              \v     the version of bash (e.g., 2.00)
              \V     the release  of  bash,  version  +  patch  level  (e.g.,
                     2.00.0)
              \w     the  current  working  directory, with $HOME abbreviated
                     with a tilde
              \W     the basename of  the  current  working  directory,  with
                     $HOME abbreviated with a tilde
              \!     the history number of this command
              \#     the command number of this command
              \$     if the effective UID is 0, a #, otherwise a $
              \nnn   the character corresponding to the octal number nnn
              \\     a backslash
              \[     begin a sequence of non-printing characters, which could
                     be used to embed a terminal control  sequence  into  the
                     prompt
              \]     end a sequence of non-printing characters

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By: haivu
2010-01-15 23:39:28

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