Ode to a Shipping Label

c/o @Shyhoof – “An ode to the journey of ó on a shipping label.


Once there was a little o,
with an accent on top like só.

It started out as UTF8,
(universal since ’98),
but the program only knew latin1,
and changed little ó to “ij” for fun.

A second program saw the “ij”
and said “I know HTML entity!”
So “ij” was smartened to “ó”
and passed on through happily.

Another program saw the tangle
(more precisely, ampersands to mangle)
and thus the humble “˜³”
became “ó”

Shipping label

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Kevin Jarnot is a technologist who lives just South of Boston, MA. He is currently employed as Chief Technology Officer at Micronotes, an AI-driven conversation-marketing company based in Boston, MA.
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