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An acronym for American Standard Code for Information Interchange. Pronounced "ass-key". It is a code used to represent numbers and letters and is often used for data exchange (especially when downloading data from a mainframe to the PC). It is a coding scheme where characters are stored in the computer as sets of 7 binary values (i.e. combinations of 0s and 1s). There are two commonly available sets of ASCII codes: 1. The standard 128 ASCII character set - list chars. 2. The extended 256 ASCII character set - list chars.

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