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Mar 042010

What is the difference between encoding and charset?


Charset defines the set of characters you can use, e.g. Unicode, there is only one universal Unicode Charset.

Encoding defines how the characters are stored, e.g. UTF-8 and UTF-16 are both valid encoding scheme for Unicode.

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