Character encoding

Thanks to the so-prolific « Simon Willison »: who « pointed »: to some of the following:

* Tim Bray (« ongoing »: wrote a lot on the subject. « Here »: is the main point of entry. Check « On the Goodness of Unicode »: (6 Apr. 03). Update: « UTF-8 names »: (8 oct. 03) and « the RFC »: {← »Mark’s b-links »:}
* Dan Sugalski (« Squawks of the Parrot »: in an essay called « What the heck is: A string »: (11 Oct. 03)
* Joel Spolsky (« Joel on software »: wrote « The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely, Positively Must Know About Unicode and Character Sets (No Excuses!) »: Nonetheless! (8 Oct. 03).

Simon’s conclusion: « they all lack one critical aspect: practical advice (…) the web needs practical advice on developing Unicode enabled web pages and web applications. Is it just a case of ensuring my text editor is « saving as Unicode »? What about storage – can I throw Unicode at MySQL and expect it to come out again? If I serve a page up with Japanese characters in it, what will my users have to do to be able to read them? It’s a big, confusing world out there. »