Marco Cimarosti wrote:
> What is the function of ASCII control code 0x7F (DEL) in text interchange?
> Particularly, what effect or interpretation might it have in communication
> protocols, terminal protocols and, especially, inside text files?
In general it has none. Some systems interpret it (erroneously) as
either "cancel previous character" (usually BS) or "interrupt process"
> My interest is about the function of this character in *contemporary*
> platforms and software, although I wouldn't dislike historical information,
> as far as it is clearly flagged as such.
Historically it was used to "rub out" existing characters on punched
paper tape. Because it had all bits set (from a 7-bit viewpoint), it
could always be punched over any other character without the need of
changing holes to non-holes. Therefore, punched paper tape systems
-- There is / one art || John Cowan <firstname.lastname@example.org> no more / no less || http://www.reutershealth.com to do / all things || http://www.ccil.org/~cowan with art- / lessness \\ -- Piet Hein
This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.2 : Tue Jul 10 2001 - 17:21:19 EDT