ANSI stands for the American National Standards Institute. The Institute is nearly a century old and responsible for maintaining a wide variety of standards across many industries including nuclear energy, chemical production, and health care information technology, but in computer lingo ANSI is used to refer to ANSI code standard.
The ANSI code standard is a standard that defines additional symbols beyond the selection of symbols available. There are 256 symbols in the ANSI set: the first 128 symbols are the ASCII set and the second bundle of 128 symbols contains characters used in non-English languages and mathematical symbols.
- By Jason Fitzpatrick on 09/26/13