Category Archives: JavaScript

JavaScript file encodings

All text files have a character encoding regardless of whether you explicitly declare it. JavaScript files are no exception. This article describes both how and why you should declare an encoding when importing script files into an HTML document. JavaScript’s Character Model A JavaScript engine’s internal character set is Unicode. The Ecmascript 5.1 Standard standard… Read More »

Google’s Dart is JavaScript++?

Several years ago, Google was unhappy with the pace of change in the Java language and community. Their solution was to create the Dalvik VM and their Android platform. They were careful to not call it a Java platform, a Java implementation, JVM, or JRE; instead, they said it was the Java language on the… Read More »

Encoding URLs for non-ASCII query params

Are you a web service API developer? The web truly is a world-wide web. Unfortunately, a great number of globally unaware developers are on the global web. This creates an odd situation in which web services are globally accessible but only locally or regionally aware. There are a few important things to remember when creating… Read More »

Encoding URIs and their components

As you pass data from the browser to the application server to the database, opportunities for data loss lurk. I highlighted some of those conversion points earlier, but I neglected a browser issue. The JavaScript layer has its own lossy points of interest. One of those points is the escape function. The escape function “encodes”… Read More »

JavaScript file encoding

Although JavaScript itself uses Unicode internally, you can still run into charset conversion problems. Consider the following example of charset conversion issues with a very simple HTML and JS file.

Localizing JavaScript with JSPs

Last week a friend asked an interesting web-based localization question. He surprised me with it. I wish that I had considered it before, but I had not. In my less than complete analysis of his problem, I found a solution, but I don’t know if he’ll like it. Hell, I barely like it myself, but… Read More »