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Every time some link or headline reads "now UTF-8 by default", the only reasonable response in 2016 is "about time".



That's not why this article is interesting. Rather, it highlights how profoundly not UTF-8 ready the (terminal) world is.

(It does work in practice, but in-band signaling over a channel carrying complex data that receiver and sender interpret according to settings that do not appear in the protocol at all is, predictably, terrible.)




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