Monthly Archives: September 2014


Product Integration Pack Codes (Doc ID 1044000.1)

Configuration, export and import files refer to product integration packs through an alpha-numeric code.|
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Unicode vs UTF-8

Found a great explanation on the subject here, posted it here for posterity.

This is an unfortunate misnaming perpetrated by Windows.

Because Windows uses UTF-16LE encoding internally as the memory storage format for Unicode strings, it considers this to be the natural encoding of Unicode text. In the Windows world, there are ANSI strings (the system codepage on the current machine, subject to total unportability) and there are Unicode strings (stored internally as UTF-16LE).

This was all devised in the early days of Unicode, before we realised that UCS-2 wasn’t enough, and before UTF-8 was invented. This is why Windows’s support for UTF-8 is all-round poor.

This misguided naming scheme became part of the user interface. A text editor that uses Windows’s encoding support to provide a range of encodings will automatically and inappropriately describe UTF-16LE as “Unicode”, and UTF-16BE, if provided, as “Unicode big-endian”.

(Other editors that do encodings themselves, like Notepad++, don’t have this problem.)

If it makes you feel any better about it, ‘ANSI’ strings aren’t based on any ANSI standard, either.


Goodbye to an awesome open source project

It seems the open source Gallery Project is calling it quits.  That’s a shame as I’ve been using it for well over a decade.  I guess in this day and age of social media there isn’t much of a call for your photos on your website.  But there is for me.  If I put something out there I own it and yes I know that it can copied ad infinium but the point of it is I own it.  So the search begins for a replacement, I’ll check to see what coppermine is up to and if you know of anything good let me know.