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The main point was that they’re not validated as Unicode so you can store values which cannot be decoded. It’s easy to find cases where someone could find a way to create a file which couldn’t easily be renamed or deleted using the OS’s built-in tools because even they forgot about this.

Similarly, Unicode normalization means that you can have multiple visually indistinguishable values which may or may not point to the same file depending on the OS and filesystem. I’ve had to help very confused users who were told that a file they could see wasn’t present because their tools didn’t handle that, too.




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