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From "Sebb (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CODEC-159) BaseNCodec uses UTF-8 rather than US_ASCII for byte conversions
Date Sat, 06 Oct 2012 10:37:04 GMT
Sebb created CODEC-159:
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             Summary: BaseNCodec uses UTF-8 rather than US_ASCII for byte conversions
                 Key: CODEC-159
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CODEC-159
             Project: Commons Codec
          Issue Type: Bug
            Reporter: Sebb


According to RFC 4648 [1], base32 and base64 should use the US-ASCII charset.
However, the code currently uses UTF-8.

This should not make a difference when converting from byte[] to String, because the bytes
will always be US-ASCII.

However, depending on how the conversion treats characters which are UTF-8 but not ASCII,
it could affect the behaviour when decoding non-ASCII strings.

Should the code use newStringUsAscii(byte[])/getBytesUsAscii(String) throughout?
Some of the Javadoc will need adjusting if so.

[1] http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc4648

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