Encodings in Ruby 1.9

Lately I’ve been studying all the details of how encodings work. I think on the average,
things work better than before. Of course, if you’ve always been a “plain ASCII in the
USA” type of programmer, you might find things a little more confusing.

For my part, I am wondering why the source encoding is separate from the IO object’s
internal encoding. Obviously the internal and external have to be different, but I
haven’t yet grasped the need to manipulate more than two encodings at a time…

If someone wants to enlighten me, feel free.


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