Twenty years ago, Joel Spolsky wrote:
There Ain't No Such Thing As Plain Text.
It does not make sense to have a string without knowing what encoding it uses. You can no longer stick your head in the sand and pretend that "plain" text is ASCII.
A lot has changed in 20 years. In 2003, the main question was: what encoding is this?
In 2023, it's no longer a question: with a 98% probability, it's UTF-8. Finally! We can stick our heads in the sand again!
The question now becomes: how do we use UTF-8 correctly? Let's see!
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