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Introduction to GNU/Linux
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Character Code Issues

Character codes map characters to numbers encoded as one or more bytes.

ASCII is the safest character repertoire in data transfer.
ISO Latin 1 or ISO 8859-1
Western European languages.
ISO Latin 9 or ISO 8859-15
Slight modification of ISO8859-1 to includes the Euro symbol.
ISO 10646
International standard which defines UCS.
The more practical definition of UCS. Unicode imposes additional constraints on implementations to ensure that they treat characters uniformly across platforms and applications.

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