American Standard Code for Information Interchange file. A file whose data is in ASCII characters. An ASCII file does not include formatting such as bold, italic, centered text, etc. Each byte in the file is one ASCII character, represented as a number; for example, capital H is ASCII 72. Some ASCII files contain program source code, scripts, or macros written as text. ASCII files are useful in transferring text between files of different formats that can't be imported into each other. An ASCII file can be created with a text editor; some word processing programs, such as XyWrite and Microsoft Word, can also create ASCII files.
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