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Language: C++
Expertise: Beginner
Jul 27, 1998

Converting text to a binary code

Question:
I'm using Borland C++ to perform some data conversion, and I have had some difficulties. Is it possible to convert all the text (including nonreadable text) within a text file to binary code?

Answer:
I don't think I'll be much help here, but I'd like to make a few points.

First, the computer stores all data as binary, whether in memory or on disk. It is the system of binary zeros and ones that makes the computer possible. Even when text is stored to a file, each letter is stored a binary number.

So I'm not sure how to address the question of how to convert a text file to binary. The issue of text and binary is normally associated with how the data is viewed by the user. For example, a hex editor displays a file as hexadecimal digits. You might be thinking of something like converting each letter to ones and zeros—that is straightforward. But unless you clarify the context of how the data is displayed, such a conversion really has no meaning.

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