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    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?

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    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.
    Source http://www.unicode.org

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