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Doug Nebeker ("Doug")
i'm posting here in response to a 2003 blog post of Joel's about programmers not coding correctly to handle unicode multi-byte character sets.
i think a decade later, some still don't!
i've been e-mailing Hootsuite, the twitter client, because when anyone composes a tweet like this in Hootsuite:
Troubleshooting hootsuite tweets with unicode characters and a link goofs up the display of the tweet http://ow.ly/kjv8b
when sent will actually display in Hootsuite like this:
Troubleshooting hootsuite tweets with unicode characters and a link goofs up the display of the tow.ly/kjv8bLPDXf
back then, Joel said "if you are a programmer working in 2003 and you don't know the basics of characters, character sets, encodings, and Unicode, and I catch you, I'm going to punish you by making you peel onions for 6 months in a submarine. I swear I will."
It seems to me that Hootsuite hasn't been programmed to handle 2-byte unicode characters so i just wanted to tell him to get the submarine ready!
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Friday, April 26, 2013
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