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What does ASCII mean?

Posted By On November 17, 2004 @ 2:29 PM In Computer Terms | Comments Disabled

Q:
What does ASCII mean?

A:
ASCII is short for “American Standard Code for Information Interchange.”

This is what an ASCII chart looks like:
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ASCII is basically a non-formatted text document that can be read by any application that can read text, unlike say, a Word document. If you have a Word document, you have to open it in MS Word or another program capable of reading Word documents.

Most text files are ASCII text files. They can be opened in any program that’s capable of reading a text file. You can open it in Word, Notepad, even in DOS. It really doesn’t matter. So, if you’re not sure that someone has the ability to open a document that you’ve been working on, just save it as an ASCII text file.

~Steve

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