What is character encoding?
Character encoding is the process of representing individual characters using an appropriate encoding system made up of other symbols and data types. Character encoding is used for many different purposes.
The character encoding is also known as the character set or character book.
Early examples of character encoding involved various types of cryptography in which governments attempted to protect internal data. Other examples include the use of Braille for the blind and various types of industrial signals used in transportation and other areas.
With the advancement of new technologies, character encoding has become a functional way to preserve the integrity of messages. Early examples included Morse code in telegraph systems. Another type of character encoding corresponded to modern computer processing - these types of character codes or character sets are now represented by the ANSI or ASCII character sets, which give international letters and symbols numeric codes.
The modern use of character encoding follows certain computer design principles. One of them is that computers do not recognize linguistic text characters as such, but use them as data types. These data types are stored in binary on the machine level as sets of ones and zeros. It is for this reason that character encoding is absolutely necessary in any type of modern computing, part of the foundation for the memory and input / output designs that are so sophisticated in modern messaging technologies.