Milestone-Proposal talk:ASCII MIlestone - IEEE NJ Coast Section
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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.)
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?
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.
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.