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Character Encodings

Q: When a program reads input, what is it reading? A: Bytes. i.e. not characters. If you want characters, you have to convert from one to the other. Thanks to decades of ASCII and Latin-1, with one-to-one byte to character mappings, most programmers have never even noticed that there’s a difference. But there is. And […]


I used to work with Tony Finch. Great guy. But the chap’s clearly got a few screws loose: Signal Mishandling.