Ethan Furman <et...@stoneleaf.us>:
> On 06/05/2014 11:30 AM, Marko Rauhamaa wrote:
>> A fundamental text file is such that ordinary operating system
>> facilities can't see inside the black box (that is, they are *not*
>> encoded as far as the applications go).
> Of course they are.
How would you know?
> It may be an ASCII-encoding of some flavor or other, or something
> really (to me) strange -- but an encoding is most assuredly in affect.
Outside metaphysics, that statement is only meaningful if you have
access to the encoding.
> ASCII is *not* the state of "this string has no encoding" -- that
> would be Unicode; a Unicode string, as a data type, has no encoding.