Character encoding for beginners

So what is character coding and why should you bother?

Well the folk over at the Word Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Internationalization group can answer all that in a nutshell, or short article: Character coding for beginners. Whether you’re a content author, user, or anyone who is unsure about what a character encoding is then this is the place to start. It explains in plain English, no pun intended, the whys and hows as well as points to other useful resources.