Re: Terminology question re ASCII

From: Mark Davis ☕ <>
Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 06:38:55 +0100

Normally the term ASCII just refers to the 7-bit form. What is sometimes
called "8-bit ASCII" is the same as ISO Latin 1. If you want to be
completely clear, you can say "7-bit ASCII".

Mark <>
*— Il meglio è l’inimico del bene —*

On Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 5:12 AM, <> wrote:

> Quick question on terminology use concerning a legacy encoding:
> If one refers to "plain ASCII," or "plain ASCII text" or "... characters,"
> should this be taken strictly as referring to the 7-bit basic characters,
> or might it encompass characters that might appear in an 8-bit character
> set (per the so-called "extended ASCII")?
> I've always used the term "ASCII" in the 7-bit, 128 character sense, and
> modifying it with "plain" seems to reinforce that sense. (Although "plain
> text" in my understanding actually refers to lack of formatting.)
> Reason for asking is encountering a reference to "plain ASCII" describing
> text that clearly (by presence of accented characters) would be 8-bit.
> The context is one of many situations where in attaching a document to an
> email, it is advisable to include an unformatted text version of the
> document in the body of the email. Never mind that the latter is probably
> in UTF-8 anyway(?) - the issue here is the terminology.
> TIA for any feedback.
> Don Osborn
> Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T
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