escape character

A single metacharacter, usually a control code, which in a sequence of characters signifies that what is to follow takes an alternative interpretation. The term escape sequence refers to the escape character and the subsequent character or characters so modified.

In the C programming language, the backslash is an escape character; for example, \\n represents a newline.


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  • Escape Character —   [engl.], Escape Zeichen …   Universal-Lexikon

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  • Escape Character — Escape Sequenzen (von englisch to escape: entfliehen, entgehen, entkommen) sind Zeichenkombinationen, die für die Darstellung nicht direkt angebbarer Zeichen verwendet werden. Bei den nicht darstellbaren Zeichen handelt es sich meistens um… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • escape sequence — noun (computing) A sequence of characters, usu beginning with an escape character, that gives or initiates a command • • • Main Entry: ↑escape …   Useful english dictionary

  • Escape sequence — This article refers to codes used as commands for computing devices. Escape sequence can also refer to a sequence of escape characters used in parsing source code. An escape sequence is a series of characters used to change the state of computers …   Wikipedia

  • Character Generator Protocol — Not to be confused with character generator. Internet protocol suite Application layer BGP …   Wikipedia

  • escape sequence — noun An escape character together with the subsequent characters that specify a particular meaning …   Wiktionary

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