[rfc-i] Digital Preservation Considerations for the RFC Series -- draft-flanagan-rfc-preservation-00.txt is posted

Paul Kyzivat pkyzivat at alum.mit.edu
Wed Sep 10 06:43:24 PDT 2014


On 9/10/14 9:25 AM, Donald Eastlake wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 9:11 AM, Paul Kyzivat <pkyzivat at alum.mit.edu> wrote:
>> On 9/10/14 7:41 AM, Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor) wrote:
>>
>>> No, not punch cards!  Anything but those!
>>
>> You don't want to archive RFCs on punched cards?
>> That would be great! :-)
>
> They are a physically robust medium. In the absence of inundations and
> conflagrations, they would probably be readable after thousands if not
> tens of thousands of years.

Unfortunately ASCII is a problem on punched cards.
(The good old days when characters only required 6 bits!)
Was there ever a standard punched card format for ascii?

Paper tape is better in that regard.

	Thanks,
	Paul




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