escape character

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escape character

[ə′skāp ‚kar·ik·tər]
(computer science)
A character used to indicate that the succeeding character or characters are expressed in a code different from the code currently in use.

escape character

The symbol used to begin an escape command in order to execute some operation. See escape code.
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Topics include use of the terms 'character', 'encoding' and 'string', a reference processing model, choice and identification of character encodings, character escaping, and string indexing.