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Re: Cyrillic vs UTF-8

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Cyrillic vs UTF-8
Date: Sun, 18 May 2003 20:52:29 -0400

> > Agreed, but I think one of the problems is that the preference-ordering
> > is the same for load-time-detection as it is for save-time-detection,
> > so if you move utf-8 up for detection you end up saving all new files
> > in utf-8 which is not OK in non-utf-8 locales.
> > I suggested introducing a second preference-order, but nothing came
> > out of it (probably because I didn't code anything up).
> I'd like to avoid introducing a new mechanism to control a
> coding system as far as possible.  And, the second
> preference-order (used for saving) works only in this case:
> (1) The buffer file coding system can't encode the current
>     buffer, and
> (2) The most preferred coding system can encode the current
>     buffer, and
> (3) A user doesn't want to use the most preferred one.
> Isn't it a very rare case?

Maybe it is.  In my situation, I'd like utf-8 to be at the top
of the preferences w.r.t decoding because it virtually never
guesses wrong.
OTOH, I'm still using a mostly-latin-1 environment, so I'd
still rather avoid utf-8 when I can.  I.e. latin-1 should be at
the top of my preferences w.r.t encoding.

I.e. utf-8 is definitely not my most preferred encoding, but
since Emacs will often mistake a utf-8 text for latin-1 whereas
it virtually never mistakes a latin-1 text for utf-8, I do
put utf-8 as my most preferred encoding (and then try not to
forget to do C-x RET f when saving a new file).


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