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Re: Machines and people

On Tuesday 06 December 2005 04:35, Mike McCarty wrote:
> Kent West wrote:
> > Mike McCarty wrote:
> >>Kent West wrote:
> [that ASCII is 8 bits]
ASCII *is* 7-bits.

To quote from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascii
"ASCII is, strictly, a seven-bit code, meaning that it uses the bit patterns 
representable with seven binary digits (a range of 0 to 127 decimal) to 
represent character information. At the time ASCII was introduced, many 
computers dealt with eight-bit groups (bytes or, more specifically, octets) 
as the smallest unit of information; the eighth bit was commonly used as a 
parity bit..."

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