Charset detection for fun and non-profit…

FreeDB [www.freedb.org] is a free online CD-information database allowing applications to query the FreeDB server over the internet for disc & track titles. The database was built with user-submitted information; as such entries were being submitted in whatever default character set the submitting-user had. The problem arises when someone with a different default character set …

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Unicode? Character Sets? UTF-what?

I was inspired to add this note after recent frustrations about the complete ignorance of character sets in both Commercial & Open software… I seriously recommend everyone reads the following, less ISO-blahblahblah and more UTF-8, no excuses! The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely, Positively Must Know About Unicode and Character Sets (No Excuses!) http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/Unicode.html

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