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What is ASCII?

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ASCII - American Standard Code for Information Interexchange - assigns letters, numbers, characters, and symbols a slot in the 256 available slots in the 8-bit code.

Most computers use ASCII to represent text, which makes data transfer between different systems possible.

The standard ASCII text uses 7-bits to represent the characters. Other extended character sets use 8-bits to represent non-English characters.

ASCII Sections

  • 0-32 are Non-printable system codes.
  • 32-127 are Standard ASCII or lower ASCII codes and are based on 7-bits.
  • 128-255 are Higher ASCII codes. These depend upon the language of the Operating System and program.

Standard ASCII

The following table represents the standard characters and their decimal values in ASCII.

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