FORM FTXT uses the core of the 8-bit character set defined by the ISO/ANSI standards cited at the start of this document. (See Appendix A for a character code table.) This character set is divided into two "graphic" groups plus two "control" groups. Eight of the control characters begin ISO/ANSI standard control sequences. (See "Control Sequences", below.) Most control sequences and control characters are reserved for future use and for compatibility with ISO/ANSI. Current reader programs should skip them. * C0 is the group of control characters in the range NUL (hex 0) through hex 1F. Of these, only LF (hex 0A) and ESC (hex 1B) are significant. ESC begins a control sequence. LF is the line terminator, meaning "go to the first horizontal position of the next line". All other C0 characters are not used. In particular, CR (hex 0D) is not recognized as a line terminator. * G0 is the group of graphic characters in the range hex 20 through hex 7F. SP (hex 20) is the space character. DEL (hex 7F) is the delete character which is not used. The rest are the standard ASCII printable characters "!" (hex 21) through "~" (hex 7E). * C1 is the group of extended control characters in the range hex 80 through hex 9F. Some of these begin control sequences. The control sequence starting with CSI (hex 9B) is used for FTXT formatting. All other control sequences and C1 control characters are unused. * G1 is the group of extended graphic characters in the range NBSP (hex A0) through "ÿ" (hex FF). It is one of the alternate graphic groups proposed for ISO/ANSI standardization.
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