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Encyclopedia > Bit pattern

Bit pattern is the pattern of bitwise operations.

When you type a character on the keyboard, the electronic circuitry interprets the character and stores it in the main memory as a code.

The code is a series of on and off signals. The on and off signals can be represented by the binary digits '1' and '0' respectively. So it is called bit.

Eight bits together are called one byte. So we can say that one byte holds one character. The most widely used coding system used to represent data is the American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII). For example, the word 'HELLO' will be stored in the computer in the following pattern:

` 01001000 H 01000101 E 01001100 L 01001100 L 01001111 O `

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 Bitwise operation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1582 words) The bitwise OR may be used in situations where a set of bits are used as flags; the bits in a single binary numeral may each represent a distinct Boolean variable. This operation may be used to isolate part of a string of bits, or to determine whether a particular bit is 1 or 0. Registers in a computer processor have a fixed number of available bits for storing numerals, so some bits may be shifted past the "end" of the register; the different kinds of shift typically differ in what they do with the bits that are shifted past the end.
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