This one ranks high on the geek scale but some very good information to those that need it.

HowToGeek.com posted a great article on their site about character encoding.  The article gives fundamentals, character encoding, examples and tips on what encoding to use.

Here is a direct link to the article found on www.howtogeek.com

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/45765/htg-explains-what-are-character-encodings-and-how-do-they-differ/

And a fun ASCII chart included in the same article:

 

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