August 5th, 2003, 11:24 PM
ASCII & Unicode
I am studying my network+ exam and came across these two terms and didnt know the purpose: ASCII and Unicode. I am guessing they are machine languages but im not sure. Im just assuming. Can u tell me?
August 6th, 2003, 02:32 AM
Ascii stands for the american Standard code for information interchange computers can only understand numbers so ascii is the numeral representation of characters such as @ or a
computers just deal with numbers. They store letters and other characters by assigning a number for each one. Before Unicode was invented, there were hundreds of different encoding systems for assigning these numbers. No single encoding could contain enough characters: for example, the European Union alone requires several different encodings to cover all its languages. Even for a single language like English no single encoding was adequate for all the letters, punctuation, and technical symbols in common use.