Milestone-Proposal talk:ASCII MIlestone - IEEE NJ Coast Section


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Advocate Approval215:55, 29 July 2014
Possible addition to citation212:39, 28 July 2014

Advocate Approval

This proposed IEEE Milestone marks a significant step in character encoding and the platform for subsequent character encoding as documented in the cited references. It is ready for consideration by the IEEE History Committee upon filing of the signed permission statement from AT&T for placement of the Milestone Plaque. (The draft statement has been provided.)

Tbickart18:20, 6 March 2014

I agree it is a worthy proposal, but why house the milestone at AT&T? The ASCII code may have been come out of earlier telegraph codes, but it was developed by a standards body. Why not at the standards org. hdqtrs?

Mischaschwartz15:49, 7 July 2014

ASCII code is a great technology achievement. But (without thorough research) I thought it was standardized by NIST rather than AT&T. AT&T might be a significant contributor to the standards, but taking whole credit might not be appropriate.

Sherwoodluo15:55, 29 July 2014

Possible addition to citation

I think the recognition of ASCII is a worthy milestone, but I was wondering if you can put more of the "why it's important" stuff in the citation.

ASCII is a character-encoding scheme originally based on the Latin alphabet. Work on ASCII standard began with the first meeting of the American Standards Association (ASA) X3.2 subcommittee and the first edition of the standard was published during 1963. Compared to earlier telegraph codes, ASCII allowed for more convenient alphabetizing of lists. ASCII was the most commonly used character encoding on the World Wide Web until December 2007, when it was surpassed by the ASCII-derived UTF-8.

Allisonmarsh16:23, 25 June 2014

Good proposal and certainly an achievement worthy of milestone designation. That said, I have to say that the citation doesn't "grab" me. I think a good citation gets the viewer to say, "Wow. I'm standing right here where xxxx happened." If the citation could be rewritten to communicate that sense of what and where, I think it would be a great improvement. I would take a crack at proposing a rewrite except that I am not sure just what the what and where are.

Feisel19:25, 30 June 2014

I support this as an IEEE Milestone and concur with the prior comments on location and citation.

Djkemp12:39, 28 July 2014