A number of special characters can be used to manage Max messages.
A list of message entries separated by commas are sent out sequentially rather than as a list.
A dollar sign ($) symbol, followed by a number from 1 to 9, in a message box will be replaced by the corresponding item from an incoming message (list).
The word set followed by any message can be used to change the contents of a message box without triggering output.
The append and prepend objects can be used to modify message strings.
If a special character is desired in a message (as part of the message, not for its operational role), it should be preceeded with a backslash () character.
The semicolon character (;) causes the subsequent word in a message to be interpreted as the name of a receive object and the remainder of the message (up until the next semicolon) is sent to all receive objects of that name.