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Re: should "use byte" be "use bytes"?

Joshua N Pritikin
February 9, 2000 13:17
Re: should "use byte" be "use bytes"?
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On Wed, Feb 09, 2000 at 03:43:18PM -0500, wrote:
> At 03:33 PM 2/9/00 -0500, Joshua N Pritikin wrote:
> >My sense is that, "octet" is a snobbish jargonesque word for "byte."
> >With respect to "ascii," does everyone know that ascii characters are
> >always bytes?  Certainly "bytes" are always bytes, so "bytes" would seem
> >hard to misinterpret.
> When the RFCs first started coming out, bytes weren't always 8 bits, 
> though, hence octet. Not that perl runs on any TOPS-20 machines (does it?), 
> but byte has historically ranged between 6 and 9 bits depending on the 
> machine you were on.

Oops!  My shallow experience shows.  *blush*

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