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single byte character set (SBCS)

A 1-byte character set, Single Byte Character Set (SBCS), represents each individual character in one byte. Thus, 256 different characters can be represented with such a character set

. 1-byte character sets are used for letters, digits and control characters. Often double-byte character sets are constructed in such a way that they can interpret the characters from a 1-byte character set. The best-known 1-byte character set is the ASCII

character set.

Character sets whose characters consist of two bytes are called double-byte character sets (DBCS) and whose characters consist of two or more bytes are called multibyte character sets (MBCS).

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Englisch: single byte character set - SBCS
Updated at: 19.12.2011
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