[ntp:questions] Strange refid

Greg Troxel gdt at ir.bbn.com
Tue Nov 12 16:01:38 UTC 2013

Brian Utterback <brian.utterback at oracle.com> writes:

> On> However, it begs the question of why somebody thought that printing
> "M-" before characters with the high order bit turned on would be a
> good idea.

Because ASCII is 7 bits and it is conventional to encode (in 8 bits)
Meta as a modifier by setting the high bit.  Hyper and Super were not so
lucky as to be assigned a bit.

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