From: Yoav Nir [ynir(_at_)checkpoint(_dot_)com]
Very appropriate for XKCD to post this just a few days before an IETF
And yet sometimes a standard will sweep away everything that was
One remarkably successful case is "ASCII" (containing the 26 letter
neo-Latin alphabet used by (only) the English language, ten digits,
and a couple of dozen punctuation marks), which seems to be contained
within every character code in common use.
Another is the "Internet Protocol", a networking scheme that differed
from its many competitors by not being sponsored by any networking
I really do believe that in 1,000 years, a section of any good "history
of computer technology" book will explain why a certain few letter-forms
are segregated into the first 128 locations in the character code.
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