O'Reilly tells us about the history of
"Email's mode of transmission is based on 7-bit ASCII. In other words, early Internet communication was only 128 characters - specifically numbers and letters - that we use in English. Hence no Icelandic, Chinese, Hebrew or Greek, to name a few languages. Also, there were no pictures, or sound clips. The only messages sent were English text."
(Submitted by Noel Tue May 27, 2003 )
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