php and encoding, presented without (much) comment
I spend a lot of time dealing with character encoding issues. Getting them just right is important and sometimes tricky, but getting them wrong makes you look like an amateur. This paragraph from a blog post about PHP and encoding made me smile.
Dealing with character sets and encodings is tough. As long as you’re dealing only with English texts you in a luxury situation and can mix utf-8 and iso-8859-1 encoded texts and most (all?) of your tests will work. Some of your users, like me, with strange names (“Schlüter”) will be annoyed as your application breaks them (“SchlÃ¼ter”), but these will be edge cases.