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Re: [Emacs-diffs] master db828f6: Don't rely on defaults in decoding UTF

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: [Emacs-diffs] master db828f6: Don't rely on defaults in decoding UTF-8 encoded Lisp files
Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2015 13:32:33 -0700
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Eli Zaretskii wrote:
The relevant statistics for Emacs is of source files, not of HTML

Sure, and source files are how this thread got started: nowadays in GNU projects they're typically UTF-8 regardless of system locale settings, and Emacs should be better about supporting this typical situation. UTF-8 is common partly because source files are shared widely via the Internet, on sites like Savannah.

The days of lonely hackers writing code in their own private Shift-JIS directories are largely over. Of course Emacs can still support such users, but the default should be tailored to what's more typical nowadays.

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