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1. Introduction

Many of the main functions of a computer require it to be able to handle text. Of course, to a computer, all data is actually sequences of binary numbers.

Therefore text needs to be converted into binary numbers in order for the computer to be able to process it.

This section will describe how text or characters are represented in binary form.

Topics covered include ASCII, characters sets and Unicode.