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JOEL ON SOFTWARE: And on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to Those Who, Whether by Good Fortune or Ill Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity by Joel Spolsky

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fourTHE ABSOLUTE MINIMUMEVERY SOFTWARE DEVELOPERABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY MUSTKNOW ABOUT UNICODEAND CHARACTER SETS(NO EXCUSES!)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2003

Ever wonder about that mysterious Content-Type tag? You know, the one you're supposed to put in HTML and you never quite know what it should be?

Did you ever get an email from your friends in Bulgaria with the subject line "???? ?????? ??? ????"?

I've been dismayed to discover just how many software developers aren't really completely up to speed on the mysterious world of character sets, encodings, Unicode, all that stuff. A couple of years ago, a beta tester for FogBUGZ1 was wondering whether it could handle incoming email in Japanese. Japanese? They have email in Japanese? I had no idea. When ...

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