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May 30th, 2016

046: Character Encoding and UTF-8 in PHP

If you've ever gotten a number of weird looking characters in your database or on your website like, "" and didn't know why, then this episode is for you. Those bizarre chara


Character Encoding and UTF-8 in PHP Show Summary

What are character encodings?

  • Comparison of number systems (base-10, binary, hexadecimal)
  • Historical development of character maps and encodings (telegram, ASCII, ISO-8859-1...)
  • Unicode and its implementations (UTF-8, UTF-16, UTF-32)
    • UT

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Show Notes Credit

Thank you Dominic Bordelon for authoring the show notes for this episode!

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