What is the most widely used encoding scheme to represent data?


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According to an official Google Report from 2010, the most widely used encoding scheme used to represent data on the Internet is UTF-8. UTF-8 surpassed ASCII as the most commonly used encoding scheme in 2008. As of 2014, UTF-8 makes up more than half of all existing Web pages.

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UTF-8 was first introduced to the general public between Jan. 25 and 29, 1993, at the USENIX conference in San Diego. The design of UTF-8 allows backward compatibility with ASCII, a form of encoding that is also prevalent in Web pages on the Internet. Some encoding formats that are derived from UTF-8 include the CESU-8 and the Modified UTF-8.

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