ascii takes a command line argument, recognizes in it any of the synonyms for an ASCII character and prints all the others. Synonyms include decimal, octal and hex numerical values, ASCII mnemonics, ISO code points and official names, HTML/SGML style entities, and slang names ranging from common to obscure. As a side effect, ascii serves as a handy base converter for values in the range 0-
the American Standard Code for Information Interchange, a code consisting of a set of 128 7-bit combinations used in digital computers internally, for display purposes, and for exchanging data between computers. It is very widely used, but because of the limited number of characters encoded must be supplemented or replaced by other codes for encoding special symbols or words in languages other than English. Also used attributively; -- as, an ASCII file.
An acronym for American Standard Code of Information Interchange. MS-DOS style computers use this, while Commodore computers use PETASCII. Most CBM terminal programs can translate text files between the two formats.