Who defines ASCII ???

Posted on 1998-10-13
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I need to know who defines and administers the ASCII code, and if the new Euro currency symbol will be contained some day. Does the ascii code change ? Is there a web page of the "official ascii standardization organisation" ?
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ASCII or the American Standard Code for Information Interchange is defined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Check out www.ansi.org & webopedia.internet.com/TERM/A/ASCII.html
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Are you sure you want ISO-646-IRV (US ASCII), and not ISO 8859-1: 1987 Latin alphabet No. 1?
I'd expect ¤ to be used for the Euro in ISO-Latin-1
or ISO-10646/Unicode would certainly contain
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you have answered my question to ca. 50%.

Will the Euro symbol be added ? To what ASCII extensions will that be ?
ozo, your character appears on my screen as a circle with 4 dots round it. What code do you mean ? If Latin-1 would be the candidate to receive the symbol at a certain position ...  does he have a certain MS Windows "codepage" number ?
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ASCII is *NOT* going to change. It's a 7-bit code that was defined *YEARS and YEARS* ago going back to the old Baudot days of teletypes.

The euro currency symbol may be added as part of the extended ASCII (8 bit) codes, but there is no agreement about what the "high order" characters are to be so far and I wouldn't hold my breath expecting agreement now. This is why different printers respond differently to high order ASCII - the standard for chars 128-255 is that there is no standard.


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According to Microsoft
NT4 Service Pack 4 is shipping with a Euro key patch and a Windows 95 patch will be out soon. Watch Microsofts Y2K page for it.

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