meaning of special case

1. special-case To write unique code to handle input to or situations arising in a program that are somehow distinguished from normal processing. This would be used for processing of mode switches or interrupt characters in an interactive interface as opposed, say, to text entry or normal commands, or for processing of hidden flags in the input of a batch program or filter. [Jargon File] Special Interest Group SIG One of several technical areas, sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery. Well-known SIGs include SIGPLAN the Special Interest Group on Programming Languages, SIGARCH the Special Interest Group for Computer Architecture and SIGGRAPH the Special Interest Group for Computer Graphics.

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