From: Markus Scherer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri May 28 2004 - 16:47:38 CDT
Binary data, that is, arbitrary data using unrestricted byte values, is frequently transported in
text data formats where the syntax limits the available byte values. (Examples: Binary data in SMTP
emails and in XML.) There are commonly used encodings for representing binary data in text; they map
binary values to a small repertoire of characters that is available in almost all legacy codepages.
Unicode presents an incentive and an opportunity for efficient encoding of binary data by using a
larger repertoire of characters, resulting in a more efficient encoding than common methods.
Please take a look at http://www.mindspring.com/~markus.scherer/unicode/base16k.html
(It includes an online demo.)
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