Re: [OT] bits and bytes

From: John Cowan (
Date: Thu May 17 2001 - 21:47:09 EDT scripsit:

> Can anyone clarify for me how big a byte has ever been? (If you could
> identify the particular hardware, that would be helpful.)

On the 36-bit PDP-10 architecture, a byte could be any size from 1 to 36
bits. ASCII was commonly stored in 5 7-bit bytes with an extra bit unused.

John Cowan                         
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