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What is meant with character encoding?
A character can be defined as various byte values. For example, the german sharp s ('ß') can be represented through the following values: 0xDF 0x00 (UTF-16, little endian), 0xE1 (Codepage 437), 0xDF (Windows-1252, ISO 8859-1), 0xC3 0x9F (UTF-8), etc. To search for a 'ß' in a file, you have to specify the correct encoding of that file, so that the search string can be converted. For more information on character encoding visit Wikipedia. If you are unsure what to pick, you could try 'ASCII' or 'ANSI' for one byte representations and 'UTF-8' or 'UTF-16' for multibyte representations.