The founder, Michael Hart, termed this "replicator technology." To make these electronic texts, or e-texts, available to the greatest number of readers, they had to be in the simplest form available, so plain ASCII
text was chosen for the format.
These journals delivered their content in plain ASCII
text over e-mail (Bitnet) with no frills, no graphics, and many limitations--e.g., no proper equations, no foreign characters, and no typographical features such as boldface or italics.
AI DON'T know of any specific program, but I'd expect the files to be in plain ASCII
format, so you should be able to copy them from the floppy disk to your PC's hard disk and open them in Notepad.
Make sure to use plain ASCII
text--never HTML or other formatted text.
Today, programmers are limited to impoverished descriptions in plain ASCII
Project Gutenberg specializes in public domain texts formatted in the worst possible way (plain ASCII
, 70 characters per line with carriage returns at the end of each line).
The good news regarding content is that most of the tabular information is reproduced in the full-text records, although only in plain ASCII
The creation of intranets happened because TCP/IP is a more robust and universal networking standard, and HTML, unlike plain ASCII
characters, is a platform-independent method of rendering text with more than a modicum of formatting and document linking.
And plain ASCII
output, well, the less said about that the better!
In ProQuest Direct, the online version of PowerPage databases, UMI offers three different types of full--text records: plain ASCII
format, ASCII with separate images, and the PDF format.
ProQuest Direct provides plain ASCII
, full images, and a clever "Text + Graphics" format, which allows searching and retrieval of ASCII text, with immediate, user-selected retrieval of individual images.
To ensure organization and usability of the forms library, all forms and model documents will be posted in plain ASCII
text format and, if appropriate, attached as binary files.