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EBCDIC (Fully, "Extended Binary Coded Decimal Interchange Code") is a character encoding used on IBM mainframes and AS/400s. It is descended from punched cards. Outside of such IBM systems, ASCII (and its decendants such as Unicode) are normally used instead; EBCDIC is generalliy considered an anachronism.

There are a number of different versions of EBCDIC, customised for different countries.

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