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An email message that contains only unformatted ASCII text. Text email may be the only option for wireless, handheld devices, but it was the traditional format for all email before the Internet exploded in the mid-1990s. Contrast with HTML email. See ASCII text.
Alphanumeric characters encoded in the ASCII format, including A-Z, 0-9 and special characters. All Internet documents (email, Web pages, etc.) are coded in ASCII text as well as the source programs for most software. The binary codes for ASCII text are defined in the ASCII table (see ASCII chart). See ASCII, ASCII file, plaintext and special character.
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