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On Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 10:55 AM, Enrique Garcia Cota <> wrote:
Hello there,

In my current setup I'm treating some strings in Lua and then storing them in JSON.

JSON expects strings in either UTF-8, UTF-16, UTF-32, in big endian or little-endian. Binary blobs outside that is considered invalid.
Unfortunately, some of the data I'm receiving can be binary. I need to detect those cases and escape the binary data somehow (probably with Base64 encoding).

The JSON spec (RFC4627) says:  "All Unicode characters may be placed within the quotation marks except for the characters that must be escaped: quotation mark, reverse solidus, and the control characters (U+0000 through U+001F)."

I use a very simple JSON encoder that just scans the string character by character and substitutes the correct escape sequence whenever one of these characters is encountered.  I don't think you need to resort to Base64 or other binary encodings unless you really want to.