Users generally know those stream as a medium by which text incoming from input device, and text outcoming to display are handled. As they are used for input and output devices, they generally contain text, a sequence of characters in a predetermined encoding, such as Latin-1 or UTF-8.
Those streams can also be chained the output of a program being then the input of another one. A well known example is the use of a pager such as more, which gives the user a way to control which part of the output stream appears on the display.
Although the dominant usage is for the standard streams to contain text, it is possible to use them to transfer arbitrary binary data.
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