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control character

[kən′trōl ‚kar·ik·tər]
(computer science)
A character whose occurrence in a particular context initiates, modifies, or stops a control operation in a computer or associated equipment.
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control code

One or more characters used as a command to control a device or a communications session. Control codes may ride along with the data or be in a separate channel. There are countless codes used to control electronic devices. See escape code, return code, control channel and null.

ASCII Control Codes
In this ASCII chart, the leftmost column contains control codes for communications and printers. The rest of the columns are data (although ASCII 32 is also data). See ASCII.
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There are some programs that do not want to allow themselves to be interrupted or suspended; they want to process these control characters directly, perhaps taking some intermediate action before terminating or suspending themselves.
It is possible to use printed control characters to control the printing of individual lines within your spreadsheet.
They connect your computer to another computer; determine when to send data and when to stop if the other computer is busy processing the data received; allow you to store the data received in a disk file or send data from a file; send and detect control characters that instruct the computer to perform a function, such as to run another program; and emulate a terminal.
Polling increases the amount of data traffic over a network because the control characters are transmitted in addition to the normal data-consuming bandwidth on the transmission facility.
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Players will control characters such as Steve McQueen's baseball-loving GI as they try to escape from the World War II prison camp.
In async and bisync protocols, which are character-oriented, the line-handlers are always looking for recognizable control characters, usually seven or eight bits long.