Posted Feb 26, 2007 23:17 UTC (Mon) by jzbiciak
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In reply to: Exaggerated.
Parent article: How an Accident of Hardware Design Encouraged Open Source (O'ReillyNet)
Well, perhaps today, but put it in context. In the relevant era (1970s in this case), when you're comparing EBCDIC vs. ASCII, character classification is quite a bit easier in ASCII than in EBCDIC. EBCDIC might not have been so bad to work with on BCD-centric hardware, but on machines that only focused on 2s complement, I can see it causing some heartburn in some cases.
In the modern day, obviously the debate's moot in the presence of Unicode, UTF-8, etc., and plenty of MIPS, RAM and disk to go around (as compared to the 1970s)....
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