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Dec 12, 2006, 17:49 #1
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UTF-8 encoding in SitePoint Books.
This more a remark for the writers of the SitePoint books.
I have the book 'HTML Utopia, Designing Without Tables'.
In this book, the iso-8859-1 encoding is used in all examples. So, I just copied that for my own pages.
Until recently. I had to make a guestbook that had also to work with Cyrillic. So, I had to learn about encodings etc. I did everything in UTF-8 and it works fantastic.
The impact of using UTF-8 is very minor (using mb_strlen instead of strlen in PHP). And I consider the other encodings legacy. I will do new projects in UTF-8, even when it is not directly necessary.
So, my suggesting to SitePoints, is to update your books and make the examples with UTF-8 encoding. In this way, new programmers don't learn the legacy solutions.