More accurately BinHex 4.0. The standard Macintosh format used when a binary file must be converted into an ASCII file so that it may be safely transferred through a network. It preserves the data fork and resource fork which all Macintosh files must have. Do not confuse BinHex 5.0, which is not an ASCII format. All BinHex files should by convention carry the extension .hqx.
bin ary hex adecimal] A method for converting non-ASCII files (graphics, programs, formatted text) into ASCII. Also the name of a program that converts ASCII back to non-ASCII. See also MIME.
A type of coding used to convert a binary file into text for transmission via e-mail. Most often used by Macintosh computers.