CNET GLOSSARY: Terms for the techie
Binary mode is one of two formats for representing data files to be transmitted from one computer to another, such as with FTP. If you send a text file (an ASCII file, for example), you use text mode to ensure that the textual data gets translated properly and arrives in a readable format. But if you send an executable file or any other file that contains numerical data, then you use binary mode. Many FTP clients include an autodetect feature that can switch the software between modes based on the file extension.
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