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Re: The text coding sytem for Emacs

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: The text coding sytem for Emacs
Date: Fri, 06 Nov 2009 10:19:48 +0200

> From: Water Lin <address@hidden>
> Date: Thu, 05 Nov 2009 19:30:27 +0800
> I re-install my Windows XP system. But after I start Emacs, it treats my
> text file as iso-latin-1-unix. But actually the coding system should be
> utf-8. So Emacs shows the text as a mess.

What version of Emacs is that?  With Emacs 23.1 I think this shouldn't
happen (barring some rare bug).  If you don't have Emacs 23.1, can you

> How can I let Emacs to treat text file as UTF-8 by default?

For this file only, or for all files?

For the latter `(prefer-coding-system 'utf-8)' in your .emacs should
do, I think.  For the former, you can add a `coding:' cookie to the

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