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When the XML parser reads in this as an XML document, it decodes the bytes into Unicode characters.
This Unicode text includes both IPA symbols and Japanese katakana.
In contrast, Unicode is truly multilingual in that it can display characters from a very large number of writing systems.
To write unicode strings to file, you have to specify the encoding you want to use and encode back into a byte-string.
Paul seeming to suggest that Unicode support is something that should be in applications and not the OS.
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