AN!Wiki :: ASCII
ASCII is an acronym for 'American Standard Code for Information Interchange'.
Operating systems that follow the ASCII standard will always interpret the lower 7 bits of a byte to represent the same value. These seven bits cover 128 possible combinations. Of those, the first 32 (0-31) and last entry (127) are not printable character, but instead are "control characters". These are codes used to control certain devices like printers. The rest of the codes (32-126) are printable characters used to make up the roman character set.
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