Character Codes

Every character needs to be converted into a number before it can be saved.

Character Encoding

This is the conversion of a symbol into a binary number


ASCII uses a 7-bit encoding scheme that represents 128 different numbers.
ASCII only supports one alphabet


ANSI uses a 8-bit encoding scheme that represents 218 numbers.
Also known as Windows-1252 and was the default font used in Windows 95.
This is compatible with ASCII.


The UNICODE character set is a universal standard across all systems.
UNICODE uses a 8-bit encoding scheme and has different types.
The most popular type is UTF-8 which is compatible with ASCII.

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