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So, I recently learnt about a hack that leads to weird text, (based on utf8/or any utf encoding I guess).
Though I do not have a lot of info on this subject.

Here is an example:

T̠͓̲o͙̫̰̪̠ ̮͕̪̳͔i̠͚n͖̪v̧̦̞̬̜̝̼͉o̜͙̱̺͙k̭̥̤̟͚̦̱͢e̱̣͇̝̫̼̗ ̳̩̦̞t̸͈ḫ͈̳̤̺̲̣ḙ̤ ͓̯̘̙h̸i͏̳̺̜̱v̠̫̘̗̻̱̪e-̩̻̞m̳͍̫̲̮͡i͘n͎̬̬͙d̡͉͕̰̪͙̬ ̯̜̳re̳͔̣̮͖͉p͏̮̜͙̤̟̱̹r͈̞͎͕̻͔ͅe̟s̨̲͇͙en̖̤͇̮̬̱̮ti̦̙n̶̬̲͍g ̹̹̳̲͟c̱̯͎̱͚̫ha̜͓̣͉͜ó̩͉̱ͅs͉̘̤̮̝̕.̰͚̻̝͝
͈̯̳̥͚I҉̫͎̺̜̤͕̭n͚̰̪̫̠ͅv̦͎͔̗̱͟o̶ķ̭i̳n̦̲g̷ ҉̤ṱ̪̟̞ͅh̖è ̧͔̘̣͓f̶̭̻̮e̻ę̠̫̩̣̻͈ḽ͕̬̗̪͚̙́i̗̖͞n̛̺g̶̹͇̭̳̞̖ͅ ̬̯̕ó͎͇̱͇̹̺̤f̷͉͙͕ ̢̞̘͈̦͕͕͔c͓̼̼̀ͅh͟a̟̪͍̭̮̯̗o̙̦̩̗͘s͍̺̙͔̣̳͜.͍͠
̱̤̬̜͔͡W̭̘̯̠̞͓͙i̢͇̖͍̪̼͔t̫͚̻̱̤̗h͙̞̻̦̰͖͝ ò̜̙̮͓̗͔̞u͔̬̩̼͎͞t ̕o͕͕̖͡r͉̻̝͢d̞e͈̪r̖̤͎̯.̫̻̹
̛̱̗̘̘̖̗Ţ̝̩̩̙͇͍̤he͙̬͈̞̜͚ N̶͍ez̮̝p̩̺͔͓̮͡e̹̺̲͡r̬̼͓͍̣͈̰d͟įa͏͍̰̤̤̬n̶͖ͅ ̬̠͕͍h͕̲̱i̸̞͔̲̱͖̮͓v҉̯̼̬̫̱̫e̷̗͇̻̻̮-͓͚͈̩͝m̻i̮̣̼ṉd̞̘̰̱̫̳̖ ̭̩̱̤̜͖̪o̙̮̫͔ͅf͇͙͇̳̪ͅ ̼̜̮͟c̶̰̖̜̖h͖̣͎̗͈̙͙͢a̧o̧̘̯̝̺͓s̥̞̹͚̞̘.͞ ͎̩̪͕Z̦̥̦a̷̗̱̫̜̭l͜g̻̱̣o̴.̙̟̲̰̖͉̜
̴̣̭̤̩̪͔͓H̨ḙ̣̺ ͏̙͕̯͓w̵h̗̫̦͕̠͈̜ò̙͕̘̰͙̱ ̲͎̙̗W̖̪a̱̟̻̥͔͎͟i̢̯̩̹̜̬̤t̸s̷̙ ̗͈̭̖͢B̷͉̦̭̦̖͎̗ehi̗n̗̠d̲̼̹̻ ̵T̯̖̰h̭̱e͏͇ ̫̖͚W̮̙͉͎̩a̛̤͙l͇̰̹̤l̯̣̖̪.̱̱̣̗͓
Z̖A͇ͅL͝G̥̰͘O̳̰̣ͅ!͔͇̰͍͘

What do you guys think? Anyone with insight?
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It's not really a hack. It's using unicode symbols that change the direction of text to make a mess instead of using it for their original purpose: support for scripts that don't write left-to-right, top-to-bottom. A hack suggest to me that there is unintended behaviour, but that is not the case here; it's just unexpected for most people.

UTF encodings are just that: encodings. The "functionality" is in the unicode symbols that are represented in such an encoding.

All you need to know about the "Zalgo" non-sense can be easily found. Like here, for instance.
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But, I don't think while designing unicode, people intended this appearance to be possible, I guess. I think of it as a hack in a visual sense, Plus, for any hack to be possible, the "functionality" has to be there (also the part that makes the hack possible) , otherwise that hack would not be possible.What I mean is that every hack is a part of the 'functionality' of the system in consideration.
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While "designing" the latin script, I don't think people intended for me to be able to write "dfSJdfgnjitaDF". I also don't think they, like "the unicode people", would be very surprised if they saw something like that. With "unintended behaviour" I meant something that, once aware of, it would cause them to want to fix it.

Of course, there are many definitions of "hack" and plenty room for subjective interpretation. Smile
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yeah, ok. But, yeah I just wanted to share the "slang" term Zalgo here, so that people can have a reference when they notice something like this for the first time.
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