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Questions that deal with various representations of characters & character sets, such as: ASCII, UTF-8, EBCDIC, among others. Often encountered when moving files between operating systems that encode new lines with carriage returns and/or newline characters.

Use this tag when you know that you are dealing with characters or character sets that are represented differently.

A frequent issue is when a file (particularly one meant to be executed as a ) is saved on a Microsoft Windows platform, then transferred to a Unix platform:

Other useful questions on the site are:

For further explanation around character encodings, see the Wikipedia entry.

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