- Jirka Pelka wrote:
> I do not know what is ASCII. (Is it a big shame?:-)Well, it's a fairly elementary abbreviation in information technology. You
should know, folks, by now I dislike abbreviations, but I've known this one
since I was quite indifferent towards them, about 20 years ago: American
Standard Code for Information Interchange. There are two important features:
true original ASCII is a 7-bit coding system, that is there are 128
characters defined, and ASCII is always the same, sort of international.
E-mail was originally designed to transmit ASCII only. The main merit is
perfect compatibility with nearly every computer system in the world. The
problem is, however, no letters with diacritical marks or other special
characters are coded there. Hence extended ASCII, bunch of code pages and
the latest smart attempt to achieve both compatibility and broad, truly
international, character coverage: the Unicode.
Sorry to be boring as I'm sure you can find a lot on this on the Web. Then,
what can't you, anyway?