How to Read Binary Codes—Introducing the Slot Method


Binary coding system is the secret language of anything electronic.  While we, people, can express ourselves with different characters, numbers and symbols, electrical machines such as computers only use “1” and “O” or the “on” and “off.”  Computers are designed to read these two characters from left to right, with the value in each slot having the double value. However, to combine the values, you can only add the values of those who fall under “1” slot.   This article will teach you how to read binary codes in two easy methods.

How to Read Binary Codes
How to Read Binary Codes


Method 1: Slot Value


  1. Obtain your number (for instance, we’re going to use 10110111).


  1. Remember that you are going to read the numbers from right to left.


  1. Double the value after each slot, with the value of the first digit on the right as “1.”

(1st digit: 1; 2nd digit: 2; 3rd digit: 4; 4th digit: 8… and so on.)


  1. Add all the values falling under the “1” slots. Leave the values of the zeroes as they only serve for the pattern, but their values are not put together.
  • In our example: 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1, we have the values 128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1 correspondingly.


Number/ Slot10110111


Get only the values under “1” slots and add.


Number/ Slot111111
Value128+32+16+4+2+1= 183


  1. You can then translate the sum value into the corresponding punctuation mark or letter it signifies. In the translation chart for punctuations, the equivalent character of 183 is “” or what we call Middle dot or Georgian comma.


How to Read Binary Codes (2)
How to Read Binary Codes (2)



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