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UTF-8 Encoding UTF-8 is a compromise character encoding that can be as compact as ASCII (if the file is just plain English text) but can also contain any unicode characters http://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/utf8.htm

The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely, Positively Must Know About Unicode and Character Sets (No Excuses!) - Joel on Software

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Кодировка текста ASCII (Windows 1251, CP866, KOI8-R) и Юникод (UTF 8, 16, 32) — как исправить проблему с кракозябрами | KtoNaNovenkogo.ru - создание, продвижение и заработок на сайте

Convert your text files from any encoding to any other one. The screen shot shows Japanese, English and Thai text encoded as UTF-8 Unicode. Conversion to the legacy Thai code page would lose the Japanese characters.

Characters, Symbols and the Unicode Miracle - Computerphile // How did we get to UTF-8 as the web standard? Tom Scott capsulizes the "Unicode Miracle" in a few minutes.