Referring to arbitrary data as Text

In certain situations, I have noticed that other programmers have referred to ‘linked binary code’ as ‘text’. This seems to strike them so, because that quantity of data does not need to be parsed. I find this odd, because in any Computer Science context, text always needs to be parsed. It is the binary code which does not.

Apparently, written text strikes those programmers as more transparent in meaning, than anything else which needs to be parsed or linked. They do not notice themselves parsing English, for example. And binary code does not usually need to be understood by the programmer, after being generated by compiling source code, which was actually text.

This is similar to how according to modern English, the word “Literally” can sometimes, officially, mean “Virtually”.

Dirk