You've got strange characters like "�" or "ö" display in your application? Yes, handling non-English characters in application code, files and databases can be a challenge, to say the least. Whether that's German Umlauts, Cyrillic letters, Asian Glyphs or Emojis: It's always a mess in an international application. In this session you will see why that is and how handling characters evolved in computing. You will also see how handling characters in applications and databases can be done less painfully. And don't worry when EBCDIC, BOM or ISO-8859-7 are Greek to you and your Unicode is a bit rusty: we'll have a look at them too!


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Joseph Lavin at 10:51 on 4 Nov 2022

Great dive into the topic. Explains a lot of issues we have encountered.

Marion Sartor at 11:05 on 4 Nov 2022

Very interesting topic. This talk peaked my interest to understand character encoding better.

When I first became a PHP developer, the server OS and PHP files were EUC-JP, the database was Latin1, HTML was Shift-JIS, Javascript was UTF-8, and CSV files uploaded by users were SJIS-win (CP932) .
I love UTF-8.
Thanks for the great talk!

Parth K at 11:41 on 4 Nov 2022

Andreas shared his knowledge in such an interesting and amazing way. Learned a lot and already on the way of implementing things thanks to Andreas's help. Amazing!

Chris Holland at 12:27 on 4 Nov 2022

Who would’ve thought character sets and encodings could be so fascinating! Great job Andreas!