27 Sep '13, 2pm

UTF-8 – “The most elegant hack”

UTF-8 – “The most elegant hack”

While it may not look like much, the image above is a piece of the original email where [Ken Thompson] described what would become the implementation of UTF-8. At the dawn of the computer age in America, when we were still using teletype machines, encoding the English language was all we worried about. Programmers standardized on the ASCII character set, but there was no room for all of the characters used in other languages. To enable real-time worldwide communication, we needed something better. There were many proposals, but the one submitted by [Ken Thompson] and [Rob 'Commander' Pike] was the one accepted, quite possibly because of what a beautiful hack it is.

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2013/09/27/utf-8-the-most-elegant-hack/

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