#1
(no offense, nerds are awesome)

alright, I know how to count and do basic math in binary, but how do computers translate binary into words and such? like is each letter assigned a number or something? could someone explain it, or link me to somewhere explaining it, cuz I just keep finding stuff that tells you how to do the stuff I already know (counting, math). Or at least tell me what to search for.
#2
Quote by The4thHorsemen
(no offense, nerds are awesome)

alright, I know how to count and do basic math in binary, but how do computers translate binary into words and such? like is each letter assigned a number or something? could someone explain it, or link me to somewhere explaining it, cuz I just keep finding stuff that tells you how to do the stuff I already know (counting, math). Or at least tell me what to search for.


Yes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASCII
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#3
each letter is 8 numbers
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#4
awesome! so Jason (my name) would translate to:

0001010 0000001 0010011 0001111 0001110

?

or did I misunderstand something?


edit: I didn't read the whole thing, Jason would be

100 1011 110 0001 111 0011 110 1111 110 1110


that's right now isn't it?
Last edited by The4thHorsemen at Jan 28, 2008,
#6
yeah that right i think.. can't be bothered workin it out

ASCII is 7-bit.. but computers also use Unicode which is 16-bit

unicode deals with all the graphs and acutes for foreign characters which are not present in ascii
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#7
alright, I've got it figured out now, and I copied the html of the graph, pasted into notepad, added the correct html tags, so now I have me a nice little chart to reference without getting on the internet.