I'm working on an RS485 project, In the CPP file there are const variables declared in the following manner:

#include <RS485_protocol.h>
const byte STX = '\2'; 
const byte ETX = '\3';

What does the '\2' and '\3' mean?


The '\2' and '\3' are characters with octal code 2 and 3. Which is nothing more then 2 and 3 in octal and in decimal. The author could simply write const byte STX = 2; const byte ETX = 3;.

Characters with ASCII code 2 and 3 are control characters STX (start of text) and ETX (end of text). Control characters are invisible characters used to control the terminal or as mark characters in communication.


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