Escape sequences such as encodings of terminal commands and function keys

Escape characters allow special functions to be represented in what would otherwise be an ordinary text. Use this tag, in particular, for escape sequences that begin with the ESC (\e, \033, \x1b, ␛) character to encode terminal commands and function keys.

For ways to prevent special characters from having a special meaning in regular expressions, shell scripts, etc., use the tag instead.

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