Multinational Character SetMultinational Character Set
is a character encoding
created by Digital Equipment Corporation
for use in the popular VT220 terminal
. It was an 8-bit extension of ASCII
that added accented characters, currency symbols, and other things missing from 7-bit ASCII.
Such "extended ASCII" sets were common, but MCS has the distinction of being the ancestor of both ISO 8859-1 and Unicode. If you compare the code chart of MCS with ISO 8859-1 or the first 256 code points of Unicode, you will see that they have many more similarities than differences.
- ISO 8859-1 and MCS, from ISO 8859 Alphabet Soup;