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@peter_lind just add a snowman!

Rails and Snowmen Thu 29 Jul 2010 at 15:03 People have started to notice that Rails is adding a snowman to their URLs. There even is now a website devoted to this. These types of social implications of technical decisions fascinate me. Here’s some further background that I have pieced together. I may have some details wrong, corrections welcome. For starters, Rails by default standardizes on utf-8 for web pages. As with pretty much everything in Rails, you can change the default, but virtually nobody does. Utf-8 is a good choice here, and certainly is better than iso-8859-1 or win-1252. Rails provides the encoding information on the Content-Type header, and on the accept-charset attribute. Under normal circumstances, this will cause all responses to be encoded as utf-8, across all commonly used browsers. Yes, including IE. Most pages in Rails are produced using templates, ...

Full article: http://intertwingly.net/blog/2010/07/29/Rails-and-Snowmen

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