control character(redirected from Non-printable character)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.
control character[kən′trōl ‚kar·ik·tər]
A character whose occurrence in a particular context initiates, modifies, or stops a control operation in a computer or associated equipment.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
control codeOne 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.|
Copyright © 1981-2019 by The Computer Language Company Inc. All Rights reserved. THIS DEFINITION IS FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. All other reproduction is strictly prohibited without permission from the publisher.