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How much the new developers know about the Content-Type tag?

Posted by felipegaucho on January 18, 2006 at 5:30 AM PST

In my new occupation as independent consultant I have visited several companies that produce web applications. Same products, same bugs, including a classical one: the char encoding problem.

Using Brazilian Portuguese as default language, many of these companies release international software developed by teams with different levels of expertise. Most of these people are skilled in the internationalization aspects, such as Date formats, TimeZone settings and characters handling. Other ones simply bet on the IDEs in order to guarantee the correct Content-Type.


It's an old issue on software published on the Internet, but it seems that the new developers are not worried about that anymore. I guess it is time to review some basic concepts about that.

Following suggestions of friends, I found this very good article in the Joel on Software:

The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely, Positively Must Know About Unicode and Character Sets (No Excuses!)
by Joel Spolsky - Wednesday, October 08, 2003

The date of the article give us a clue about how long it has been haunting the web development :).