ASCII Character ␂Start of Text
The Start of Text character (␂) is a control character in the ASCII and Unicode character sets with the value of 2. It is often abbreviated as STX. The Start of Text character was originally used in the context of telecommunications to signify the start of the actual text or payload in a message. It was intended to follow the Start of Heading (SOH) character, which indicated the start of the heading or metadata section of the message.
Here are some key details:
- In ASCII and Unicode, the STX character is defined as U+0002.
- Like other ASCII control characters, STX does not represent a printable glyph and is typically non-visible in text content.
- In modern computing and telecommunications, the STX character is largely obsolete, as more complex and flexible protocols for framing data have been developed.
However, there might be some specific areas or legacy systems where the STX and other control characters are still being used. But for the majority of contemporary computer and internet applications, more modern protocols have taken their place.