control character

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control character (plural control characters)

  1. (computing) A character which does not have a direct visual appearance as a glyph, but rather causes some other action to occur, such as a transition to a new line.
    The tab, carriage return, and line feed are all control characters.
    • 2004, Michael Stutz, The Linux Cookbook: Tips and Techniques for Everyday Use, 2nd edition, No Starch Press, →ISBN, page 215:
      To display raw control characters in text, but try to keep the screen appearance, use less with the -R option. This displays raw control characters, but any disparities that may be caused by the control characters on the screen are controlled, whenever possible.

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