December 29th, 2013

J.R.R.

More typography

...ASCII. Each character is limited to seven bits of binary information, so the maximum number of characters is 2^7=128. Thirty three of those are normally subtracted for control codes and one represents an empty space. The remainder, 94, is not enough to handle even basic text in Spanish, French or German. The fact that such an alphabet was long considered adequate tells us something about the cultural narrowness of American civilization...