ANSI Character Set

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 8-bit character set used by Microsoft Windows that allows you to represent up to 256 characters (0-255) using your keyboard.  The first 128 characters (0-127) correspond to the letters and symbols on a standard U.S. keyboard.  The second 128 characters (128-255) represent special characters, such as letters in international alphabets, accents, currency symbols, and fractions.