On 2018-02-09, at 07:17:05, Robin Vowels wrote:

> From: "Paul Gilmartin"
> Sent: Friday, February 09, 2018 2:54 PM
> 
>> Too much sarcasm.  It's analogous to the ASCII-EBCDIC confrontation.  I 
>> prefer
>> ASCII, but EBCDIC, with no intrinsic superiority, ...
> 
> It was superior for 80-column punch card input and output,
> and for the tabulators that were used to print the input cards and
> output cards containing the results.
>  
I carefully chose the phrase "intrinsic superiority".  That reason
is more extrinsic than intrinsic.  (I know; it's all relative.)

-- gil

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