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Re: Automatically Saved Files Employ Different Coding

From: Miles Bader
Subject: Re: Automatically Saved Files Employ Different Coding
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2004 08:13:45 -0500
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On Fri, Mar 26, 2004 at 05:23:26AM -0500, Alexander Winston wrote:
> > Note that it looks ... _mostly_ the same.  But not exactly.  [And this
> > is assuming you have `utf-translate-cjk-mode' turned on; otherwise, it
> > couldn't ready any of the CJK characters.]
> Actually, the UTF-8 version appears better than the original.

It doesn't matter if it `looks better' -- information loss is information
loss.  [If you want something that _really_ can't be encoded in utf-8, try
this: get a buffer with the `C-h h' output, and then insert a single
extra character with: `C-q 237 RET'.  Now try to save it....]

> I'm unsure as to why Emacs has problems converting Arabic to UTF-8 from
> the original encoding, as I normally do not encounter any problems using
> Arabic.

I don't know, but emacs' utf-8 support is hardly perfect...

We live, as we dream -- alone....

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