sign keys on the keyboard, change printer settings or

reposition the cursor. The escape sequences of the DEC vt100 video terminal have become a de facto standard for this purpose.

The term is also used for any sequence of characters that temporarily suspends normal processing of a stream of characters to perform some special function. For example, the Hayes modem uses the sequence "+++" to escape to command mode in which characters are interpreted as commands to the modem itself rather than as data to pass through.

[Was the character named after this use or vice versa?]

Last updated: 1997-11-27

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sign keys on the keyboard, change printer settings orhe cursor. The escape sequences of the {DEC}

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