An anonymous reader writes: Let’s go back to year 1961 AD. It was a time when every computer model had its own unique character encoding system. There were about 60 different systems in use of which 9 where invented at IBM. It was therefore not that much surprising that finally a committee gathered which after a whopping two (say two) years of debates assigned 100 characters to a seven bit numbers. Long time for a numbering of a few letters, but every hardware manufacturer wrangled about the position of the smallest comma to make sure they don’t need to modify their devices too much. So, in 1963 the ASCII was born.