Character encoding can be wickedly difficult to get right, especially when you want to start using UTF-8. It seems there is always at least one part of the chain from your brain to the end user’s browser that has problems with UTF-8.
Two articles that try explain character encoding are The Definitive Guide to Web Character Encoding and UTF-8: The Secret of Character Encoding. I won’t pretend to fully grasp character encoding, but after reading these articles I believe I at least understand it a little better.
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