Definitions for "ASCII files"
These are files that are kept in the simplest form possible. As a result, these documents can be read by any computer (Apple, Macintosh, Atari, IBM). Most documents have to be kept in this form if you plan to share with people who do not have the same computer or software that you have.
An American Standard Code for Information Interchange, or ASCII, file is a plain text file that can be read by almost any computer program.
Files consisting only of text in "human readable" format. Also called "plain text" files.