[GreenKeys] News item for WC2XPF (fwd)

From: Fred Cisin <cisin_at_xenosoft.com>
Date: Fri Mar 15 17:27:44 2002

On Fri, 15 Mar 2002 philip_at_awale.qc.ca wrote:
> On 15-Mar-2002 John Lawson wrote:
> > The code was the first 8-bit standard code that allowed characters, such
> > as those found on a keyboard, to be represented by the same codes on
> > many different kinds of computers.
> Wasn't ASCII orignally 7-bit?
Isn't that IS 7-bit?
IBM's "extensions" of another 128 characters are NOT ASCII.

Other than "8-bit", which it isn't, which of THOSE characteristics were
NOT present in EBCDIC, or Hollerith?

> > "He traveled all over the world defining what this code would represent.
> > This is the code that is still used in PCs today," Silberg said.
> Huh?! All over the world, but didn't seem to stray to a
> non-english-speaking country. ASCII serves very poorly for those of us
> who need accents.

Who PAID for those junkets?
It sounds like our college administrators who went to China "to recruit

Why "travel all over the world" at all when creating "AMERICAN Standard
Code for Information Interchange"? If they were creating "ENGLISH
LANGUAGE Standard Code for Information Interchange", then THAT would call
for travelling all over certain appropriate countries (Does the sun set on
the British empire now?)
If they were creating "WORLD Standard Code for Information Interchange",
or just simply "Standard Code for Information Interchange", THEN it would
call for some serious travelling.
But ASCII does NOT deal with the needs of any other alphabet.

Does Unicode work?

Grumpy Ol' Fred        cisin_at_xenosoft.com
Received on Fri Mar 15 2002 - 17:27:44 GMT

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