--On 28. Februar 2007 01:21:41 -0700 Jeff Shell <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
- HOW do I know what a browser has sent me? There doesn't seem to bea real way of handling this. Do I guess? - Know without a doubt when to encode, and when to decode. I guess the "proper" thing to do is to store everything as unicode, and to decode to unicode as early as possible when input is coming in. But again, how do I know when to decode from latin-1 and when to decode from UTF-8? When or why should I encode to one or the other at response time? Should I worry at all?
There general rules are: - *always* use unicode strings (*NOT* UTF-8 encoded strings) internally for storage and processing- convert incoming data to unicode, convert outgoing data (for presentation) from unicode to some output encoding
- if you run a website using utf8 encoding (you ensure that the content-type header include the 'charset' is set properly) you are on the safe side that the data passed back is utf-8. In addition you might check the 'accept-charset' header of the <form> tag.
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