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Data Center Fundamentals by Maurizio Portolani, Mauricio Arregoces - CCIE No. 3285

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Appendix A. Character Sets

This appendix presents the ASCII and International Organization for Standardization (ISO)-8859-1 character sets.

ASCII Character Set

ASCII is a standard seven-bit code to represent characters that was proposed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) (http://www.ansi.org) in 1963 and finalized in 1968. Other sources also credit much of the work on ASCII to Robert W. Bemer. ASCII was established to achieve compatibility between various types of data-processing equipment. Standards that document ASCII include ISO-14962-1997 and ANSI-X3.4-1986(R1997).

The standard ASCII character set consists of 128 decimal numbers (7 bits), ranging from 0 through 127, assigned to letters, numbers, punctuation marks, and the ...

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