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100 technologies that changed the world

100 technologies that changed the world | ASCII Art |

Established in 1963, the American Standard Code for Information Interchange was the first standard system for encoding alphanumeric characters. ASCII made it easy to move data between systems, but, being American, it didn’t originally support accented letters, nor any currency symbols other than the dollar. International computer manufacturers had to make do with fudges until the more advanced Unicode system was established in 1991.

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Text art pictures created with basic keyboard characters in fixed width fonts.
Curated by Laura Brown