I am working on developing a front end system that has to talk to IBM mainframes. As anyone who is in this industry and born before 2002 knows, IBM uses EBCDIC in its mainframes and AS/400 systems. This led me into investigating why would they still want to use EBCDIC. End result? Because they can. The indirect cost of sticking with this character set is the increase of my consulting hours.
I did not know about the evolution of Character Sets till now. Here is a great article that walks through the history of Character Sets. http://tronweb.super-nova.co.jp/characcodehist.html
Oh, Ya! I don’t think there are many kids who are born before 2002 can read well.