WOW, I like that shorthand format, N/(N/a*)* and N/(n/a*)* , look very flexible for future encoding/decoding uses.
Until you apply some form of encode/decoding operation to a file or data stream, anything you read is just a bunch of bytes.
This was my take also!
Agreed! I haven't looked at this much, but the spec says '22 bits', but Perl code seems to use '24 bits' for each character with the high-order bits being '00'. Whether other implementations do the same I don't know, but seems like too much room for mis-interpretation.
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