Judging from some of the messages on the REALbasic mailing lists, many people seem to be perplexed about encodings in REALbasic. However, there’s no need to be. Most of those asking for help seem guilty of going to one extreme or the other — either of worrying needlessly about encodings, as if they were some sort of all-pervasive and dangerous mystery to be guarded against at every instant, or else of failing to admit that they exist at all. This article is intended to help you walk a middle path, so that you can be aware of encodings without losing any sleep over them. Matt Brings the pillows and snuggly blankets, let him guide you through the dark forest of Encodings with no fear! Download this modern day fairy tale today!