Re: Terminology question re ASCII

From: David Starner <>
Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 23:51:59 -0700

On Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 10:38 PM, Mark Davis ☕ <> wrote:
> 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".

One of the first hits for "8-bit ASCII" on Google Books is "When the
Mac came out. it supported 8-bit ASCII.", courtesy of "Introduction to
Digital Publishing", by David Bergsland. (He also seems to be under
the delusion that MS-DOS used 7-bit ASCII.) I don't think you can
assume anything about 8-bit ASCII besides the lower bits (hopefully)
begin compatible with ASCII.

Kie ekzistas vivo, ekzistas espero.
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