control character

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Noun1.control character - ASCII characters to indicate carriage return or tab or backspace; typed by depressing a key and the control key at the same time
ASCII character - any member of the standard code for representing characters by binary numbers
backspace character - a control character that indicates moving a space to the left
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In a few years we would also see the first control character 'carriage return' (aka 'enter') introduced to send machine instructions to the typewriter on the other side of the line.
Tapping the dot converts the text to html and reveals the control character "&rlm" being repeated numerous times.
In between, though, there was less the football enthusiast and literary intellectual and more the out of control character who has caused devastation everywhere he goes.
He said: "After playing Harry Sparks, the East End gangster in The Long Firm, a strong, composed, mentally in control character, found Andy Spader the complete opposite.
Burford and Adams see sociological critics of social work as one-sidedly emphasizing the social control character of social work while some social work educators one-sidedly romanticize the profession as about empowerment.
Although a joystick can be configured it would have been nice to see the inclusion of basic mouse functions to control character movement, and younger players may find controlling the game's various vehicles difficult with the keyboard.
Fibre Channel also uses a control character to synchronize word boundaries.
despite its seeming lack of functionality, the null control character plays a key role in computer data communications.
But according to technology news website Neowin, there are tens of thousands of invisible 'left-to-right' and 'right-to-left' control characters placed after the emoji that wreak havoc on your phone.
In the social media, if it employs the Unicode standard in order to process digital texts in different languages, then the Unicode control characters have transparent written symbols; otherwise they may generate some unconventional symbols [48].