American Standard Code for Information Interchange is a character-encoding scheme based on the ordering of the English alphabet. ASCII codes represent text in computers and devices that use text. It includes definitions for 128 characters - 94 printable and 33 non-printable.

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What character encodings were used before 1963?

It is said that the first character encodings, ASCII and EBCDIC, appeared in 1963. My question: What character encodings preceded them? Did computer process characters before 1963? In particular, ...
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What's the point of ASCII mode in FTP?

Why is there an ASCII mode in FTP, which is prevalent in today's software and FTP implementations? Why not just always use binary regardless of the data?
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Are there programs that convert PowerPoint block diagrams to ASCII text diagrams? [closed]

I'm looking for a program to convert PowerPoint block diagrams to ASCII. I found Ditaa, which does the exact opposite of what I want done. +--------+ +-------+ +-------+ | | --+ ...
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The '¤' character

Lately I've started wondering about the ¤ character which is shift+4 on my Norwegian keyboard (it's also present on several others, including the U.S. International keyboard layout). I've never seen a ...
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ASCII-art unicorn one-liner [closed]

I need to spruce up my debugging messages. I have a smiley in there :D, but someone suggested using a unicorn. There are some nice resources on ASCII unicorns (e.g. ...
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How to type non-printable ASCII characters in Mac OS X Terminal?

To communicate with a serial-type device over a telnet socket, I need to type the null character (ASCII 0) and all other non-printable ASCII characters. On Windows, you hold ALT and type the ASCII ...
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Why are there separate fixed-width characters for 0-9 in Japanese, compared to the typical 0-9?

Japanese (日本語) -0123456789 Typical ASCII for everywhere else - 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Why was there a need to create a separate character set for the same numerals?
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How to type smiley face ASCII☺?

How to type smiley face ASCII ☺ ? P.S I copy pasted ☺ from a site. ☺
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How can I identify non-ASCII characters from the shell?

Is there a simple way to print all non-ASCII characters and the line numbers on which they occur in a file using a command line utility such as grep, awk, perl, etc? I want to change the encoding of ...
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Why does [ALT+224] return Ó instead of alpha?

I'm on WIN 7. I found that windows is using ANSI, not ASCII. So when I type ALT + 224 i get Ó, instead of α. To get α I have to manually copy it from the windows character map every time I want to use ...
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How can I find non-ASCII characters in text files?

Is there a tool that can scan a small text file and look for any character not in the simple ASCII character set? A simple Java or Groovy script would also do.
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In linux how do I to get ' quote ` back-tic through the shell into sed.

In linux how do I to get the ascii decimal/hex/oct code from a char or a ascii char from a decimal/hex/oct code. I see from the gnu sed user manual that I can use the \d# \o# \x# to specify a ...
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What do the first 32 characters of the ascii table do?

The first 32 characters of the ASCII table (0x00 - 0x1F) are all of the non-printable characters (with the exception of 'DEL' which comes at the end of the table). What are these used for, other than ...
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Unicode vs. ASCII [closed]

Why is Unicode used in the latest operating systems instead of ASCII?
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Converting ascii Russian to Russian?

I have a text document that is supposed to be written in Russian but it seems to instead be ascii: Óñòàíîâêà: 1)Çàïóñêàåì QuidamStudioSetup3.15.exe 2)Ïðè çàïðîñå ñåðèéíîãî íîìåðà ââîäèì How could I ...
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Tool to convert a file of HEX to ASCII character set?

Question: Is there a known tool to convert a file consisting of 2 byte Hex into ascii? Note: - Maintain file offset listing in bytes Example: File contents: 00000000 0054 0065 0073 0074 0020 ...
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ASCII Code for the TAB Character? (Want to be able to input tabs into a web page textbox)

As I'm sure that pretty much everyone on here is aware the "Tab" key when used on a webpage simply jumps to the next element on the page; whether is be a checkbox, radio selector, button, another ...
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How do I make 'man ascii' work on Fedora 11

Upgrading from Fedora 9 with a full reinstall off the non-developers CD image, then installing various packages. man ascii doesn't work -- what do I need to install to get this to work?
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Utility for converting Shift-JIS encoded files to UTF-8 encoded files

My client has a ton of Japanese text files which are encoded in Shift-JIS. They need a utility which can convert these files to UTF-8. Ideally, the tool would offer both command-line and interactive ...
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cleaning up pdftotext font issues

I'm using pdftotext to make an ASCII version of a PDF document (made with LaTeX), because collaborators prefer a simple document in MS word. The plain text version I see looks good, but upon closer ...
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Linux utility to convert a binary sequence stored in a text file into ASCII values [closed]

I have reversed a file, dumped its binary contents, wrote a tool to perform some operations on the binary, and the output is stored in a new binary file. I want to convert this binary back to ASCII. I ...
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show hexadecimal/ASCII codes on NP++6.3

Ia there a way to show the hexadecimal/ASCII for all text showing in the editor? I use XP and NP++6.3 Thanks Masoud
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Is there a way to type <enter> instead of <return> on a Mac keyboard?

Even though Macs have only one keyboard key for it, there is a difference between (carriage) return and enter. I need to type an enter (not return) into a field (it's a macro utility, and there's no ...
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ascii mode ftp between two linux boxes does undesired CRLF translation

Using the FTP command I transferred an xml file from a Red Hat Enterprise Linux box which happens to be in Europe to another RHEL box in the United States. I didn't specify a transfer mode so it ...
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Turn off ALT + numeric keypad ASCII symbol insertion?

Call me old fashioned but I like to use the cursor keys on the numeric keypad with Num Lock turned off. (There was a time many years ago when standard keyboards only had this...) This is fine most of ...
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Lowercase Greek alpha in ASCII on OS X

Does anyone know the three digit ASCII code for the lowercase Greek letter 'alpha' for OS X? 945 doesn't work and the only list I've found that works for me is here but the list doesn't contain the ...
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Is there a key combo that's usable for Unicode characters in the same manner as ASCII characters? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Typing strange letters¿ w/o numpad? If you open up Window's Character Map and select, say, Arial as the font then you're obviously shown all of the characters that ...
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Print an ASCII file to a printer connected through USB

From my working program, I need to print an ASCII file to a printer connected through USB. So far this was working fine as we used LPT1 with the following command. Type filename > prn But the ...
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How to convert PDF to ASCII Postscript so the contained text can be searched/replaced?

According to Chapter 3.2 of the PostScript Language Reference, "there are three encodings for the PostScript language:ASCII, binary token, and binary object sequence". We've been generating PDF files ...
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powershell import-csv mangles diacritical characters

I am trying to create users in AD (2003 server R2) from a CSVfile using PowerShell (v2) when I use import-csv the resulting data gets mangled when names have diacritical characters in them. Jerónimo ...
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Key for 'ë' , e with a diaeresis, in windows [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you type Unicode characters using hexadecimal codes? Is it possible to generate this symbol 'ë' i.e. e with a diaeresis from the keyboard in windows?
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Windows ALT+NUMPAD ASCII Key Combos

You all probably know about Windows' ability to render any character by specifying it's ASCII code using the numpad. To do so, you press and hold the Alt key while sequentially pressing the numbers ...
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Modern Linux commands that parallel uuencode/uudecode functionality

I need to get binary files into text format. Years ago, I used uuencode/uudecode, and it was easy: uuencode file.xls > file.txt # Delete file.xls # Do whatever with file.txt # Now I need file.xls ...
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EOF ASCII/HEX code in text files

As far as know in the end of all files, specially text files, there is a Hex code for EOF or NULL character. And when we want to write a program and read the contents of a text file, we send the read ...
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By which program can I change UNICODE filenames in my whole disk to ASCII?

By which program can I change UNICODE filenames in my whole disk to ASCII?
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Is there a web site that allows you to draw an ascii chart with boxes and arrows easily?

Ascii drawings and charts are a useful way of documenting software and can be included directly in source files near the code they document. I'm looking for an online tool to draw them and be able to ...
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CMD Choice high-range characters

As a test, I tried this: C:\Users\Kolink>choice /C ` ERROR: Invalid choice. The valid choice characters are: a-z, A-Z, 0-9 and ASCII values of 128 to 254. How exactly would I add ASCII values ...
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Word adding newlines after replaced text?

For a video game, I'm making an ascii map of 1s and 0s which the program makes a 3D labyrinth out of. This is obviously not fun to edit (100x100). To make it easier, I tried setting up Word's ...
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Unable to convert file to UTF-8

I am on Windows XP sp3 and I am trying to convert a file from ASCII to UTF-8. I use notepad++ to do this. I go to Encoding > Convert to UTF-8 without BOM. I save the file, reopen and it is still on ...
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ASCII codes appear in Excel '03 but not '07

Part I - I have a spreadsheet that was from data exported from an application. When I open it, I can see the 'boxes' that usually are from a line break or paragraph break in a cell. IF I view the ...
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Default OSX hash key produces non-ASCII error in Python?

I'm using OSX Yosemite on a Macbook Pro with a UK keyboard. When I type # into a Python file (using Alt+3) I sometimes, but not always, see this syntax error when I try to run the Python file: ...
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Email text encoded with ASCII+1 scheme?

Something extremely strange is happening to me. I receive an email newsletter (about film news) and recently most of its text has suddenly begun to look like gibberish. The corresponding article, ...
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GNU Screen: using VT100 ASCII codes

I try to move with the VT100 keys here in GNU Screen: $ screen $ hello <left><left> ESC C ESC D but "ESC D" deletes until the end of line and ESC C does nothing. Perhaps, I am not using ...
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ASCII text files

Given a file contains ASCII characters is there anyway to determine the operating system of origin? This needs to work regardless of the existence of newline characters
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Windows text file viewer that works on Linux text files

Is there a Windows application like Notepad.exe that will view ASCII files that have the Linux-style newline sequence of a single ASCII LF character? This would be like a gedit for Windows. I need ...
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Set DOS console mode (40 character mode)

How exactly would you set the DOS console to 40 character mode (which I believe looks like this)? I know you can do it, as in old games like ZZT.
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Accented character issue

I have a bunch of websites encoded in UTF-8. They contain accents and those weird n's with the squiggles over them and all kinds of fun stuff. When I try and open them in any text editor, even ...
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ASCII smiley code used for the main character in Rogue

What is the terminal code for the old square ASCII character used in the original Rogue game? Here's a game that uses it as its main character: ...
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Hide non printable characters in vim

Vim shows non-printable characters prefixed with a ^ (for instance ^@ for a NUL byte). I have a column based file containing both printable and non-printable characters which is difficult to read, ...
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Search for non-characters (character replacement indicators)

I have a text file (actually a .csv exported from .xlsx in LibreOffice) with lines that have gibberish when opened in LibreOffice Calc. In VIM they appear as the following: Joe User, joe@user.com, ...