= American Standard Code for Information Interchange. Internationally used standard format for text data (see also data format). ASCII text contains no formatting and can be processed by all computers and programs.


128 characters can be defined in the 7-bit ASCII code. The extension to the 8-bit code enables the coding of European characters, such as umlauts and accents. Cross-platform data exchange (Mac-Windows) in particular can lead to incorrect character substitutions.

Comparison of the data formats ASCII, Word and RTF