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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] How does arch/tla handle encodings?

From: Vaclav Haisman
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] How does arch/tla handle encodings?
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2004 18:50:23 +0200 (CEST)

I agree with Marcus. File's encoding is imho metadata as much as permisions
are. For example how does tla/arch treat UTF-16 files? As text or as binary
files? The ability to specify encoding should be present.

Vaclav Haisman

On Fri, 27 Aug 2004, Andrew Suffield wrote:

> On Fri, Aug 27, 2004 at 06:25:10PM +0300, Marcus Sundman wrote:
> > The vast majority of programs assume input text files to be in the local
> > system's default encoding. Therefore the files on disk should preferably
> > use whatever happens to be the local system's default encoding. (In some
> > files the encoding is part of the file's semantics, though, so such files
> > should be left as they are.)
> Here's where you invented the problem. My editor picks the right
> encoding for the file, and allows you to specify the encoding within
> the file for the ambiguous cases.
> Fixing the problem anywhere else is a silly amount of work for no good
> reason.

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