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What is the meaning of "named binary tag"?

What about NBT is binary?

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  • binary data here just refers to data that is not Unicode text/human-readable – Ray Wu Apr 27 at 20:53
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The word binary is in the name because it stores binary data, as opposed to text data. See the NBT specification:

NBT (Named Binary Tag) is a tag based binary format designed to carry large amounts of binary data with smaller amounts of additional data.

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    Binary data here just refers to data that is not Unicode text/human-readable – Ray Wu Apr 27 at 20:53
  • @RayWu it is utf-8 for strings for example – theonlygusti Apr 27 at 21:00
  • @theonlygusti yes but it stores many things in non-text formats, like ints and bytes and floats – Ray Wu Apr 27 at 21:30
  • @RayWu everything on a computer is binary. I guess the name kind of makes sense though. – theonlygusti Apr 27 at 21:55
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    I think Ben meant to tag theonlygusti :) – Schism Apr 28 at 4:59

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