Follow @brennen @enkiv2 The System/360 was certainly an influence, but I suspect that there was also an underlying logic: 6-bit bytes and word-addressable memories led to a lot of uncomfortable compromises in character-processing applications, and so machines designed to be good at character data processing needed byte-addressing and bytes of at least 7 bits. Nobody else adopted the 360's EBCDIC—though Univac used FIELDATA for a while, everyone else went ASCII.

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