You have to always
decode. Note that Unicode is a list of integers with a meaning. iso-8859-1 is an encoding
(of a subset of Unicode). UTF-8 is also an encoding
. UTF-16 is another. It just happens that for the first 128 code points, the encoding in iso-8859-1 and UTF-8 are identical. But that wasn't part of Juerds claim.
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