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SSB Log Entry 443

After reviewing all the ways you can ASCII encode binary data, I think Crockford's Base 32 is my favorite.

  • No special characters
  • No padding to get in the way (there is an optional checksum, though)
  • URL safe and file system safe (even on case insensitive file systems like FAT16/FAT32)
  • Human-centric (reduced risk of typos, easy to say over the phone)
  • Easy to implement (I wrote an encoder in one afternoon)