Character code

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Alternatively called the character set, charset, and character encoding, a character code describes a specific encoding for characters as defined in the code page. Each character code defines how the bits in a text stream are mapped to the characters they represent. ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) is the basis of most code pages; for example, the value for the character "C" is represented by 67 in ASCII.

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