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control character

noun, Computers.
1.
a character in a data stream that signals the device receiving the data to perform a particular control function, as changing the line spacing on a printer from single to double-spaced.
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  • It's the work of an actor possessed, firmly in control of an out-of-control character.
  • Contains a character-zoom capability that allows the user to control character width, height, or both.

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