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Extended ASCII test

  • Subject: [ferns] Extended ASCII test
  • From: "Winter, Wim de" Wim.dewinter@wur.nl
  • Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2005 12:53:05 +0200
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  • Thread-topic: [ferns] =?Windows-1252?Q?RE=3A_=5Bferns=5D_Re=3A_=5Bferns=5D_Best_fern_pr...

To my experience, it's the hort.net list-server that filters characters greater than 128 and replaces them with standard ASCII (Americal Standard Code of Information Interchange). Though often inconvenient, it can by argued in favour, for how these characters are displayed depends on the settings of your computer and the font you're using. Although this second set is usually designed as "extended ASCII" it's neither American nor standard code. 

For example, in the table I have included below, the character after "128" reads to me as a Euro-sign (capital C crossed out). However, when I don't use courier as font, it shows up as captial C-cedille. To make it more complex, each font CAN have multiple fontpages... 

The answer to all this is using UniCode, but although UniCode has been in the process of replacing ASCII for a couple of years now, we still have our operating systems, mail applications and network traffic facilities that all must cooperate to let you read what I intended to write.

I thought of sending this message several times by various networks but the listserver only will accept my primary mail address. So if anyone thinks that through his/her networks the xASCII-characters do come through, please ask me for a privately sent copy of this message to retry this test.

Here's the table from 128-255. It would surprise me is more than a few characters would come though correctly.

   128:EUR   129:   130:'   131:f   132:"   133:...   134:?   135:?
   136:^   137:?   138:S   139:<   140:OE   141:
   142:Z   143:
   144:   145:'   146:'   147:"   148:"   149:*   150:-   151:-
   152:~   153:(tm)   154:s   155:>   156:oe   157:   158:z   159:Y
   160:    161:!   162:"   163:#   164:$   165:%   166:&   167:'
   168:(   169:)   170:*   171:+   172:,   173:-    174:.   175:/
   176:0   177:1   178:2   179:3   180:4   181:5   182:6   183:7
   184:8   185:9   186::   187:;   188:<   189:=   190:>   191:?
   192:@   193:A   194:B   195:C   196:D   197:E   198:F   199:G
   200:H   201:I   202:J   203:K   204:L   205:M   206:N   207:O
   208:P   209:Q   210:R   211:S   212:T   213:U   214:V   215:W
   216:X   217:Y   218:Z   219:[   220:\   221:]   222:^   223:_
   224:`   225:a   226:b   227:c   228:d   229:e   230:f   231:g
   232:h   233:i   234:j   235:k   236:l   237:m   238:n   239:o
   240:p   241:q   242:r   243:s   244:t   245:u   246:v   247:w
   248:x   249:y   250:z   251:{   252:|   253:}   254:~   255:

Wim de Winter

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