base16k - Efficient Binary Data Encoding in Unicode Text

From: Markus Scherer (
Date: Fri May 28 2004 - 16:47:38 CDT

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    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.

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