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Re: ASCII-only startup message?

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: ASCII-only startup message?
Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:05:10 -0800
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Yuri Khan wrote:
<contentious suggestion>
Alternatively, new buffers could be initially created with the UTF-8
encoding, leaving the locale-specified encoding only for dealing with
legacy files.
</contentious suggestion>

It would be reasonable to add an option to Emacs to behave that way, though we should probably not make this behavior the default (at least, not without having more experience in its use).

As for UTF-8 “conquering the world”; obviously it hasn’t done that yet, and Emacs will need to support legacy encodings for quite some time. That being said, recent surveys from W3Techs continues to show steady growth for UTF-8 on the Web, with 86% of websites currently using UTF-8 (up from 82% a year ago). All other encodings are declining in use, or at best remaining constant to within the stated precision of measurement (e.g., EUC-KR at 0.4%).


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