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What Is UTF-8

What Is UTF-8

UTF-8 stands for “Unicode Transformation Format - 8 bits.” That’s not helpful to us yet, so let’s rewind to the basics.


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What Is Encoding ?

What Is Encoding ?

Encoding is the process of converting characters in human languages into binary sequences that computers can process.


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ASCII: Converting Symbols to Binary

ASCII: Converting Symbols to Binary

The American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) was an early standardized encoding system for text.

ASCII’s library includes every upper-case and lower-case letter in the Latin alphabet, every digit from 0 to 9, and some symbols (like /, !, and ?). It assigns each of these characters a unique three-digit code and a unique byte.

But ASCII is so limited, it gives us 256 different bytes, or 256 ways to represent a character. When ASCII was introduced in 1960, this was okay, since developers needed only 128 bytes to represent all the English characters and symbols they needed.


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Unicode: A Way to Store Every Symbol, Ever

Unicode: A Way to Store Every Symbol, Ever

Enter Unicode, an encoding system that solves the space issue of ASCII. Like ASCII, Unicode assigns a unique code, called a code point, to each character. However, Unicode’s more sophisticated system can produce over a million code points, more than enough to account for every character in any language.


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UTF-8: Unicode Transformation Format

UTF-8: Unicode Transformation Format

UTF-8 is an encoding system for Unicode. It can translate any Unicode character to a matching unique binary string, and can also translate the binary string back to a Unicode character.

UTF-8 is currently the most popular encoding method on the internet because it can efficiently store text containing any character.


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