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ebcdic


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  EBCDIC  /eb's*-dik/,  /eb'see`dik/,  or  /eb'k*-dik/  n. 
  [abbreviation,  Extended  Binary  Coded  Decimal  Interchange  Code]  An  alleged 
  character  set  used  on  IBM  {dinosaur}s.  It  exists  in  at  least  six  mutually 
  incompatible  versions,  all  featuring  such  delights  as  non-contiguous 
  letter  sequences  and  the  absence  of  several  ASCII  punctuation  characters 
  fairly  important  for  modern  computer  languages  (exactly  which  characters 
  are  absent  varies  according  to  which  version  of  EBCDIC  you're  looking  at). 
  IBM  adapted  EBCDIC  from  {{punched  card}}  code  in  the  early  1960s  and 
  promulgated  it  as  a  customer-control  tactic  (see  {connector  conspiracy}), 
  spurning  the  already  established  ASCII  standard.  Today,  IBM  claims 
  to  be  an  open-systems  company,  but  IBM's  own  description  of  the  EBCDIC 
  variants  and  how  to  convert  between  them  is  still  internally  classified 
  top-secret,  burn-before-reading.  Hackers  blanch  at  the  very  _name_ 
  of  EBCDIC  and  consider  it  a  manifestation  of  purest  {evil}.  See  also 
  {fear  and  loathing}. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  EBCDIC 
 
  {Extended  Binary  Coded  Decimal  Interchange  Code} 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  EBCDIC 
  Extended  Binary-Coded  Decimal  Interchange  Code