revision of ISO 3166

John Cowan jcowan at
Sun Sep 5 19:37:36 CEST 2004

Doug Ewell scripsit:

> Nope, ASCII includes 43 other graphic characters and 33 control
> characters which are not valid in, for example, ISO 3166 country codes.
> "The ASCII letters" is more what I had in mind.

Well, the term "ASCIIbetical order" is defined in the Jargon File
( and has
about 800 ghits, so "ASCIIbet" seems possible (about 40 ghits).

More seriously, though, these are the only letters in the Basic Latin
block, so calling them "the Basic Latin letters" is clear and clean
and doesn't drag in the language-specific concept of "alphabet".

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