A CDE Definition
(GEnealogy Data COMmunications) A file format for genealogy data. Developed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, GEDCOM is a tag-based text format that all genealogy programs export for data exchange. There are also many proprietary tags in use. GEDCOM files are stored as ANSEL characters, which support the diacritical marks of foreign languages. See ANSEL character set.
ANSEL character set
(American National Standard Extended Latin) An ANSI character set that supports diacritical marks for Latin-based foreign languages. It uses the additional 128 values provided by the eighth bit of the byte to store the diacritic for that character. ANSEL is also known as the American Library Association character set. GEDCOM genealogical files use ANSEL characters. See ANSI character set and GEDCOM.
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