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In telecommunication, the term cancel character has the following meanings:
- A control character ("CAN", "Cancel", U+0018, or
^X) used to indicate that the data with which it is associated are in error or are to be disregarded. Exact meaning can depend on protocol. For example:
- In some journalistic text transmission formats, it signifies that the preceding word should be deleted; it is sometimes called "Kill Word" ("KW") in this context.
- In some Videotex formats, it stops any running macros. In others, it clears the current line after the cursor position (compare EL).
- A control character ("CCH", "Cancel Character", U+0094, or
ESC T) used to erase the previous character. This character was created as an unambiguous alternative to the much more common backspace character ("BS", U+0008), which has a now mostly obsolete alternative function of causing the following character to be superimposed on the preceding one.
- This article incorporates public domain material from the General Services Administration document: "Federal Standard 1037C".
- International Press Telecommunications Council (1976-03-25). Control set for newspaper text transmission (PDF). ITSCJ/IPSJ. ISO-IR-26.
- CCITT (1987-07-31). Primary Control Set of Data Syntax I of CCITT Rec. T.101 (PDF). ITSCJ/IPSJ. ISO-IR-132.
- CCITT (1987-07-31). Primary Control Set of Data Syntax III of CCITT Rec. T.101 (PDF). ITSCJ/IPSJ. ISO-IR-135.
- CCITT (1987-07-31). Primary Control Set of Data Syntax II of CCITT Rec. T.101 (PDF). ITSCJ/IPSJ. ISO-IR-134.