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I like that shorthand format, N/(N/a*)* and N/(n/a*)* , look very flexible for future encoding/decoding uses.
the spec says '22 bits', but Perl code seems to use '24 bits' for each character with the high-order bits being '00'.
utf-8 is a variable width encoding. Each character can require from 1 to 4(*) bytes.
(*Or 6 bytes depending upon the wind direction and the phases of the moon(**).)
<smaller>(**which moon is left unspecified :)</smaller>
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In reply to Re^7: Best technique to code/decode binary data for inter-machine communication?