The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Monday, January 03, 2011

UTF-8 is hard. Let's write device drivers!

Nice. I switch my Stupid Twitter Trick to use UTF-8, and this is what I get for my trouble:

HTTP/1.1 401 Unauthorized
Date: Mon, 03 Jan 2011 12:29:02 GMT
Server: hi
Status: 401 Unauthorized
WWW-Authenticate: Basic realm="Twitter API"
Content-Type: application/json; charset=utf-8
Content-Length: 70
Cache-Control: no-cache, max-age=300
Expires: Mon, 03 Jan 2011 12:34:02 GMT
Vary: Accept-Encoding
Connection: close

{"request":"\/1\/statuses\/update.json","error":"Incorrect signature"}

No UTF-8 characters, posts fine. Any UTF-8 characters, I get this. I think the problem is that the character set isn't being sent along with the post and I don't have a clue about how that's done. Nor do I think there's an actual standard for this (I don't recall ever coming across one).


This UTF-8 stuff is hard. No, I mean hard. I wish I was making that up.

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