Re: My Querry

From: John Cowan (
Date: Tue Nov 23 2004 - 20:56:27 CST

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    Antoine Leca scripsit:

    > Sorry, no: there is no requirement to clear it.
    > You are assuming something about the way data are handled. When you handle
    > ASCII data using octets, you can perfectly, and conformantly, keep some
    > other "data" (being parity or whatever) inside the 8th bit; so with even
    > parity AT SIGN will be managed as 192, without any kind of problem (for
    > you).

    Indeed, the DEC PDP-8 stored ASCII data with the high bit always set, for
    compatibility with the way in which ASR-33 Teletypes generated ASCII.
    So I grew up thinking of 'A' as 301 (octal). I believe that PR1ME
    computers did this too.

    But you, Wormtongue, you have done what you could for your true master.  Some
    reward you have earned at least.  Yet Saruman is apt to overlook his bargains.
    I should advise you to go quickly and remind him, lest he forget your faithful
    service.  --Gandalf             John Cowan <>

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