[OT] Why is it called string?

Jarek Zgoda jzgoda at gazeta.usun.pl
Mon Aug 25 21:50:40 CEST 2003

Piet van Oostrum <piet at cs.uu.nl> pisze:

>>> My CS professor would insist that a byte is a collection of bits, and not
>>> necessarily eight.  There are machines which do not have 8-bit addressable
>>> bytes.
>JZ> I remember that "byte" in French is expressed as "octet", even if it has
>JZ> only 7 bits...
> Are you sure. Several international organisations use the word 'octet' in
> their official specifications, to make sure that an 8-bit byte is meant.

I cann't recall the machine I'm referring to (it was product of Bull),
but I am sure that lecturer called 7 bit units as "octets". 

Jarek Zgoda
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