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For many years, the use of the 8th bit in strings was up-for-grabs, initially used by applications (Wordstar set it to make beginnings of words easier for it to find), then by vendors (e.g. ATARI-800 "graphics" characters!)...

Eventually the 8th bit characters were standardized by iso-8859, whose Latin-1 kept us Merkin Boobs happy for a long time.

The character names are already starting to look like the Unicode standard ("DIAERESIS" instead of "umlaut", and so on).
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