Because of this confusion ISO does not use the term, it uses "octet"
General usage dates from the IBM 360 and PDP-11 is defined today by
C-programmers (a scary thought, especially to us, their Pascal-programming
parents) as "byte"=8-bits; "nybble"=4-bits; and "word"=16 bits.
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> > Addison wrote:
> > 1. 1 byte != 1 character: deal with it.
> Hmm, depends on how you define "byte".
> I've seen them in 8-bit, 12-bit, 16-bit and 18-bit varieties.
> The trouble, though, is that 1 character (in this context)
> can be represented by from 16 bits to 6*16 bits.
> John G. Otto Nisus Software, Engineering
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