Why do binary files contain text but text files don't contain binary?

Hans Åberg via Unicode unicode at unicode.org
Fri Feb 21 11:05:21 CST 2020

> On 21 Feb 2020, at 13:21, Costello, Roger L. via Unicode <unicode at unicode.org> wrote:
> There are binary files and there are text files.

In C, when opening a file as binary with the function fopen, the newlines are untranslated [1]. If not using this option, the file is informally text, which means that internally in the program, one can assume that the newline [2] is the character U+000A LINE FEED (LF).

1. https://en.cppreference.com/w/cpp/io/c/fopen
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newline

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