Definitions for "ASCII file"
Keywords:  punctuation, uue, xxe, hqx, binhex
A data file, typically a text file with hard line breaks, that contains only character codes in the numeric range 0 to 127 ( low ASCII), and interprets them according to the ASCII standard.
A text file, with only alphabetical, numerical, and punctuation characters, like you would see in normal text. Vitalnet can produce output in ASCII format.
A file in which each character is one of the ASCII characters. In DOS, each line is terminated by a carriage return (ASCII character 13) and a line feed (ASCII character 10). In UNIX, ASCII files have lines terminated only with a line feed. Thus you can have a carriage return (line wrap) without ending a line. Lines can be as long as you want.
a reliable way to pass unformatted textual information between computers of different types