[thelist] carnfounded Character Encodings

Tom Dell'Aringa pixelmech at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 27 14:39:31 CST 2003

Ok, all I want to do is understand Character Encodings once and for
all. I went here 


and read the tutorial. My brain exploded, it wasn't pretty. Now I
have some various understandings about "character repertoire" vs.
"character code" and stuff like that. Fooey.

I want pratical information for the developer building pages for
English speaking peoples of the world. No, I don't care if you say
colour or color.

Based on the following page:


It seems that using:

<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text-html; charset=utf-8">

Gives you the widest array of characters (both normal and special) at
you disposal. If this is true - where is the best chart of special
characters (url would be great) to use them. Is the u#### mode the

If not, what should I do for my documents? Specify nothing? For the
record, I generally build pages in XHTML transitional.


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