What is Ascii?

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What is Ascii?

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Ascii is, literally, text. What you're reading on the screen right now is ascii.


PageGate's GetAscii has two primary functions:


It allows PageGate to monitor a directory for text (ascii) files. When any text files show up in that directory, the GetAscii module reads them into PageGate and attempts to turn them into messages to go out to a recipient or group of recipients.


It also allows other programs to interface with PageGate. Most commonly used by computer monitoring programs such as ServersAlive! or HP Openview, this allows a third party program to pass parameters and variables directly to the GetAscii module for processing. For more information, please see the Command Line Interface section of the manual.


The standard Ascii layout is as follows:


<Recipient Name>

<Sender's Name>

<body of message>


In the above example, in the first line, you would put a recipient or group name.

In the second line, whoever receives the message will see this line as the sender.

In the third line, the body of the message to be sent is entered. The message can exceed one line in length all the way up to the Max Chars you set in the recipient's settings.


The standard Ascii file name is 'filename.asc'. By default, any files placed in the GetAscii polling directory that have the extension asc will be processed by PageGate.