Three Devs and a Maybe

Weekly discussion podcast on all things web development. Topics range from daily developer life, PHP, frameworks, testing, good software design and our experiences using many other programming languages.

Michael Budd

@michaelbud6

Professional Web Developer, currently studying a MsC in Advanced Computer Science.

Fraser Hart

@FraserHartDev

Web Developer. Rowing across the Pacific in June.

Lewis Cains

@LCainsWebDev

Ex professional golfer, now full time web developer.

Edd Mann

@edd_mann

Software Developer, NBA junkie, Podcast addict

Understanding Character Sets and Encodings

Having only just recently been bit by the character encoding issue again, we thought it would be a good time to bring it up on the podcast. Starting from the beginning with ASCII, we move on to discuss how 8-bit compatible machines brought way to the ISO-8859-* standards. This leads us on to Unicode, with the goal to develop a single character-set encoding standard that could support all of the world's scripts. Finally, we discuss the de-factor character encoding implementation used on the web today 'UTF-8', and reasons why this is the case.

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