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Detect Encoding for In- and Outgoing Text

, 27 Oct 2009 Public Domain
Detect the encoding of a text without BOM (Byte Order Mask) and choose the best Encoding for persistence or network transport of text
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Carsten Zeumer
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Carsten started programming Basic and Assembler back in the 80’s when he got his first C64. After switching to a x86 based system he started programming in Pascal and C. He started Windows programming with the arrival of Windows 3.0. After working for various internet companies developing a linguistic text analysis and classification software for 25hours communications he is now working as a contractor.

Carsten lives in Hamburg, Germany with his wife and five children.

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