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November 21, 2012, 14:00

Put down your pitchfork. This post is not a political statement about string encoding.

There is a lot of data out there with encoding issues, and a lot of it is very thorny to work through, and the worst case is when you don't even know what corruption or encoding some given data has. In these cases it is at the very least, useful to be able to know whether or not your data contains non-ASCII characters, and that use IS applicable to everyone.

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