Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Computer Science A standard for assigning numerical values to the set of letters in the Roman alphabet and typographic characters.

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  • American Standard Code for Information Interchange.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the American Standard Code for Information Interchange, a code consisting of a set of 128 7-bit combinations used in digital computers internally, for display purposes, and for exchanging data between computers. It is very widely used, but because of the limited number of characters encoded must be supplemented or replaced by other codes for encoding special symbols or words in languages other than English. Also used attributively; -- .

Etymologies

A(merican) S(tandard) C(ode for) I(nformation) I(nterchange).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Under ASCII, they list lots of pages on which the term ASCII appears, usually in the phrase ASCII format.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XII No 2

  • Are you typing in ASCII numerics, or entering special characters from something other than the TP interface itself?

    Think Progress » Deficit Peacock Evan Bayh Hits ‘Far Left-Wing Blogs’ For Criticizing Obama’s Spending Freeze As Too ‘Austere’

  • Elsewhere we saw, of course, the mind-blowing Portal in ASCII video, the upcoming European debut of chiptune showcase Blip Festival, watched German TV pair up a games design vet and a new champion of art gaming for a lengthy discussion, fan-made Chrono Trigger T-shirts, and upcoming shirts for indie favorite Cave Story.

    Boing Boing

  • The age and sex profiles were not noted, although given the small amount of housewives and given that ASCII is a computer magazine, the respondent pool appears to be mostly male.

    Heads-up for docomo users: pake-hodai double

  • People would chat, send dirty pictures made in ASCII text, chat some more.

    Compstalgia: The Pain of Remembering Old Technology

  • Can you believe that they still do design in ASCII art?

    The problem with open source design | FactoryCity

  • Once the file is complete, save it as. htaccess and upload it to your server, via FTP in ASCII mode, where you store your HTML files.

    Balkinization

  • The domain-name system that Mr. Mockapetris designed and that is still in use today allows Internet addresses limited to 37 characters, known as ASCII, consisting of the numbers zero to nine, the 26 letters of the alphabet and the hyphen.

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  • A very long time ago -- back before there were high-resolution color monitors and digital cameras -- computer geeks amused themselves by arranging text on the computer screen into rudimentary, two-color pictures known as ASCII art.

    PCWorld

  • It is fine for those who sit on lofty perches with a portfolio stuffed to overflowing with generic keyword ASCII domains to be as cautious as Mr Carnegie, why, after all, would there be an attraction in something that may be seen as potentially 'risky' when there is no need to move out of the comfort zone?

    Comments for Conceptualist.com, By Sahar Sarid

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