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/enkw/ or /enk/ ENQuire. The mnemonic for ASCII character 5.


An on-line convention for querying someone's availability. After opening a chat connection to someone apparently in heavy hack mode, one might type "SYN SYN ENQ?" (the SYNs representing notional synchronisation bytes), and expect a return of ACK or NAK depending on whether or not the person felt interruptible.

Compare ping, finger.

enquiry character

In communications, a control character that is transmitted to request a response from the receiving station. In ASCII code, the enquiry ("enq") character is hex 05; in EBCDIC, it is 2D. See ASCII chart and EBCDIC.
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