Text - Order

About

Order in text data is defined by the order of character in the character set.

Type

There are two main groups of encoding schemes:

  • on Unix machines, the scheme is usually ASCII,
  • whereas the majority of mainframes use EBCDIC.

ASCII

ASCII sorts as follows:

  • numbers
  • upper case characters (A-Z)
  • lower case characters (a-z)

EBCDIC

EBCDIC sorts in the reverse order:

  • lower case characters (a-z)
  • upper case characters (A-Z)
  • numbers

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