Text file of The Human Side of Animals by Royal Dixon, displayed by the command in an xterm window
The first 216 Unicode code points. The stripe of solid gray near the bottom are the surrogate halves used by UTF-16 (the white region below the stripe is the Private Use Area)

It is also sometimes used for plain text and word-processing data files on Microsoft Windows.

- UTF-16

As Unicode-based encodings such as UTF-8 and UTF-16 become more common, that usage may be shrinking.

- Plain text
Text file of The Human Side of Animals by Royal Dixon, displayed by the command in an xterm window

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Alpha

ASCII chart from a pre-1972 printer manual

ASCII

Character encoding standard for electronic communication.

Character encoding standard for electronic communication.

ASCII chart from a pre-1972 printer manual
ASCII (1963). Control pictures of equivalent controls are shown where they exist, or a grey dot otherwise.

To simplify matters, plain text data streams, including files, on Multics used line feed (LF) alone as a line terminator.

While ASCII is limited to 128 characters, Unicode and the UCS support more characters by separating the concepts of unique identification (using natural numbers called code points) and encoding (to 8-, 16-, or 32-bit binary formats, called UTF-8, UTF-16, and UTF-32, respectively).