Definition: American Standard Code for Information Interchange: (1) Coding system using 7 bits to generate 128 keyboard characters: more or less standardly used in programming keyboards to translate keystrokes into characters which can be read by the computer. * Oddly, the main exception was IBM which used a standard called EBCDIC. (2) Simple word processing file format widely used as almost every word-processing program will read it. * Identified in DOS files by .asc suffix.

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