ascender

<text> A lowercase letter that extends above the "x-height" (the height of the letter "x"), such as "d", "t", or "h". Also used to denote the part of the letter extending above the x-height.

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ASCII

American Standard Code for Information Interchange

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ASCII art

<graphics> (Or "character graphics", "ASCII graphics") The fine art of drawing diagrams using the ASCII character set (mainly "|-/\+").

See also boxology. Here is a serious example:

   o----)||(--+--|<----+   +---------o + D O
     L  )||(  |        |   |             C U
   A I  )||(  +-->|-+  |   +-\/\/-+--o -   T
   C N  )||(        |  |   |      |        P
     E  )||(  +-->|-+--)---+--)|--+-o      U
        )||(  |        |          | GND    T
   o----)||(--+--|<----+----------+

   A power supply consisting of a full wave rectifier
   circuit feeding a capacitor input filter circuit

                         Figure 1.

And here are some very silly examples:

   |\/\/\/|     __/|              _    |\_/|    ___
   |      |     \ o.O|   ACK!      /   \_  |` '|  _/   \
   |      |      =(_)=  THPHTH!   /      \/     \/      \
   | (o)(o)        U             /                       \
   C      _)  ()                \/\/\/\  ___  /\/\/\/
   | ,___|    (oo)                       \/     \/
   |   /       \/-------\         U                  (__)
  /____\        ||     | \    /---V  `v'-            oo )
 /      \       ||---W||  *  * |--|   || |`.         |_/\

		//-o-\\
	 __---=======---__
     ====_\   /.. ..\   /_====      Klingons rule OK!
   //        ---\O/---        \\
   \_\                           /_/

				    _
			    ...---'-----`---...
		       _===============================
  ,----------------._/'      `---...___...---'
  (___||_) . .  ,--'
      /    /.---'         `/
     '--------_- - - - - _/
	       `--------'

			   Figure 2.

There is an important subgenre of ASCII art that puns on the standard character names in the fashion of a rebus.

 +--------------------------------------------------------+
 |      ^^^^^^^^^^^^                                      |
 | ^^^^^^^^^^^            ^^^^^^^^^                       |
 |                 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^            ^^^^^^^^^^^^^ |
 |        ^^^^^^^         B       ^^^^^^^^^               |
 |  ^^^^^^^^^          ^^^            ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^      |
 +--------------------------------------------------------+
	     "A Bee in the Carrot Patch"

                       Figure 3.

Within humorous ASCII art, there is, for some reason, an entire flourishing subgenre of pictures of silly cows. One is shown in Figure 2; here are three more:

	  ()              ()              (__)
	  (\/)              ($$)              (**)
   /-------\/        /-------\/        /-------\/
  / | 666 ||        / |=====||        / |     ||
 *  ||----||       *  ||----||       *  ||----||
    ~~    ~~          ~~    ~~          ~~    ~~
  Satanic cow    This cow is a Yuppie   Cow in love

			  Figure 4.

http://gagme.wwa.com/~boba/scarecrow.html.

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ASCIIbetical order

<jargon, programming> /as'kee-be'-t*-kl or'dr/ Used to indicate that data is sorted in ASCII collated order rather than alphabetical order. The main difference is that, in ASCII, all the upper case letters come before any of the lower case letters so, e.g., "Z" comes before "a".

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ASCIIbonics

<chat> (From ASCII and Ebonics) A style of text communication in English which is most common on talk systems such as irc. Its notable characteristics are:

Typing all in lowercase (and occasionally all in uppercase).

Copious use of abbreviations of the sort "u" for "you" "1" for "one" (and therefore "some1" for "someone", "ne1" for "anyone"), "2" for "to", "r" for "are", etc.

A general lack of punctuation, except for strings of question marks and exclamation marks.

Common use of the idiom "m or f?", meant to elicit a statement of the listener's gender.

Typical extended discourse in ASCIIbonics: "hey wasup ne1 want 2 cyber?" "m or f?"

ASCIIbonics is similar to the way B1FF talked, although B1FF used more punctuation (lots more), and used all uppercase, rather than all lowercase. What's more, B1FF was only interested in warez, and so never asked "m or f?".

It has been widely observed that some of the purest examples of ASCIIbonics come from non-native speakers of English.

The phenomenon of ASCIIbonics predates by several years the use of the word "ASCIIbonics", as the word could only have been coined in or after late 1996, when "Ebonics" was first used in the US media to denote the US English dialects known in the linguistic literature as "Black Vernacular English".

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ASCII character table

<character> The following list gives the octal, decimal and hexadecimal ASCII codes for each character along with its printed representation and common name(s).

  Oct Dec Hex  Name
  000   0 0x00 NUL
  001   1 0x01 SOH, Control-A
  002   2 0x02 STX, Control-B
  003   3 0x03 ETX, Control-C
  004   4 0x04 EOT, Control-D
  005   5 0x05 ENQ, Control-E
  006   6 0x06 ACK, Control-F
  007   7 0x07 BEL, Control-G
  010   8 0x08 BS, backspace, Control-H
  011   9 0x09 HT, tab, Control-I
  012  10 0x0a LF, line feed, newline, Control-J
  013  11 0x0b VT, Control-K
  014  12 0x0c FF, form feed, NP, Control-L
  015  13 0x0d CR, carriage return, Control-M
  016  14 0x0e SO, Control-N
  017  15 0x0f SI, Control-O
  020  16 0x10 DLE, Control-P
  021  17 0x11 DC1, XON, Control-Q
  022  18 0x12 DC2, Control-R
  023  19 0x13 DC3, XOFF, Control-S
  024  20 0x14 DC4, Control-T
  025  21 0x15 NAK, Control-U
  026  22 0x16 SYN, Control-V
  027  23 0x17 ETB, Control-W
  030  24 0x18 CAN, Control-X
  031  25 0x19 EM, Control-Y
  032  26 0x1a SUB, Control-Z
  033  27 0x1b ESC, escape
  034  28 0x1c FS
  035  29 0x1d GS
  036  30 0x1e RS
  037  31 0x1f US
  040  32 0x20 space
  041  33 0x21 !, exclamation mark
  042  34 0x22 ", double quote
  043  35 0x23 #, hash
  044  36 0x24 $, dollar
  045  37 0x25 %, percent
  046  38 0x26 &, ampersand
  047  39 0x27 ', quote
  050  40 0x28 (, open parenthesis
  051  41 0x29 ), close parenthesis
  052  42 0x2a *, asterisk
  053  43 0x2b +, plus
  054  44 0x2c ,, comma
  055  45 0x2d -, minus
  056  46 0x2e ., full stop
  057  47 0x2f /, oblique stroke
  060  48 0x30 0, zero
  061  49 0x31 1
  062  50 0x32 2
  063  51 0x33 3
  064  52 0x34 4
  065  53 0x35 5
  066  54 0x36 6
  067  55 0x37 7
  070  56 0x38 8
  071  57 0x39 9
  072  58 0x3a :, colon
  073  59 0x3b ;, semicolon
  074  60 0x3c <, less than
  075  61 0x3d =, equals
  076  62 0x3e >, greater than
  077  63 0x3f ?, question mark
 0100  64 0x40 @, commercial at
 0101  65 0x41 A
 0102  66 0x42 B
 0103  67 0x43 C
 0104  68 0x44 D
 0105  69 0x45 E
 0106  70 0x46 F
 0107  71 0x47 G
 0110  72 0x48 H
 0111  73 0x49 I
 0112  74 0x4a J
 0113  75 0x4b K
 0114  76 0x4c L
 0115  77 0x4d M
 0116  78 0x4e N
 0117  79 0x4f O
 0120  80 0x50 P
 0121  81 0x51 Q
 0122  82 0x52 R
 0123  83 0x53 S
 0124  84 0x54 T
 0125  85 0x55 U
 0126  86 0x56 V
 0127  87 0x57 W
 0130  88 0x58 X
 0131  89 0x59 Y
 0132  90 0x5a Z
 0133  91 0x5b [, open square bracket
 0134  92 0x5c \, backslash
 0135  93 0x5d ], close square bracket
 0136  94 0x5e ^, caret
 0137  95 0x5f _, underscore
 0140  96 0x60 `, back quote
 0141  97 0x61 a
 0142  98 0x62 b
 0143  99 0x63 c
 0144 100 0x64 d
 0145 101 0x65 e
 0146 102 0x66 f
 0147 103 0x67 g
 0150 104 0x68 h
 0151 105 0x69 i
 0152 106 0x6a j
 0153 107 0x6b k
 0154 108 0x6c l
 0155 109 0x6d m
 0156 110 0x6e n
 0157 111 0x6f o
 0160 112 0x70 p
 0161 113 0x71 q
 0162 114 0x72 r
 0163 115 0x73 s
 0164 116 0x74 t
 0165 117 0x75 u
 0166 118 0x76 v
 0167 119 0x77 w
 0170 120 0x78 x
 0171 121 0x79 y
 0172 122 0x7a z
 0173 123 0x7b {, open curly bracket
 0174 124 0x7c |, vertical bar
 0175 125 0x7d }, close curly bracket
 0176 126 0x7e ~, tilde
 0177 127 0x7f delete

See NUL, SOH, STX, ETX, ETX, EOT, ENQ, ACK, BEL, BS, HT, line feed, VT, FF, CR, SO, SI, DLE, XON, DC1, DC2, DC3, DC4, NAK, SYN, ETB, CAN, EM, SUB, ESC, FS, GS, RS, US, space, exclamation mark, double quote, hash, dollar, percent, ampersand, quote, open parenthesis, close parenthesis, asterisk, plus, comma, minus, full stop, oblique stroke, colon, semicolon, less than, equals, greater than, question mark, commercial at, open square bracket, backslash, close square bracket, caret, underscore, back quote, open curly bracket, vertical bar, close curly bracket, tilde, delete.

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