ANSI character set

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The phrase ANSI character set has no well-defined meaning and has been used to refer to the following, among other things:

  • Windows code pages, a collection of 8-bit character sets compatible with ASCII but incompatible with each other, especially those code pages that are partly compatible with ISO-8859, most commonly Windows Latin 1
  • Code page 437, the character set of the original IBM PC (especially in the context of ANSI art which is used as graphics especially in BBS and made as demoscene products.)
  • ASCII, a 7-bit character set. (Very rarely.)
  • ANSEL, the American National Standard for Extended Latin Alphabet Coded Character Set. (Very rarely.)
  • ISO-8859, a collection of 8-bit character sets compatible with ASCII. (Very rarely.)