Of the 256 possible characters that a byte can represent, only a few of these are used under most circumstances. Couldn't we somehow take advantage of this, and make our text files smaller by eliminating the need for the rarely used letters?
Many letters don't add any value in most situations, and can be replaced by more common letters. For example, a lower-case "L", capital "I", and the number "1" look nearly identical in most situations, so they can be consolidated.
There is little need for capital letters, so they can be dispensed with. The decompression/display program could even automatically capitalize the first letter of every sentence, common names, etc.
Entries will be judged on:
- compression ratio
- readability after de-compression
Extra marks will be awarded for; preserving any mark-up, beautifying after de-compression (i.e. Capitalising sentences etc).
- Any you like, but must easily compile (or be interpreted) on a basic *nix box.