Target Audience: Software Engineer
Level of Session: Intermediate, Advanced
Many documents, especially HTML pages intended for local circulation are unfortunately not tagged with their character set. Their authors mistakenly assume that it would be 'understood' which character was used in their creation. With the Web being global, such assumptions nearly always lead to grief. But such files are out there, and therefore need to be handled somehow. It's extremely rude to make the user do work the computer can do, so except for overriding a bad guess, the user should not need to have to guess the character set.
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