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Re: How to select the default coding system


From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: How to select the default coding system
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:46:59 +0300

> Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:05:04 +0200
> From: Mikael Djurfeldt <address@hidden>
> Cc: Mikael Djurfeldt <address@hidden>
> 
> Q: What is the natural way to specify the default coding system,
> preferrably using the GUI (to facilitate things for this novel user).

It's supposed to be automatically set according to the user's locale.

If that user's locale is not UTF-8, then please ask them to provide
the details why they want UTF-8 nonetheless, because it could bite
them down the road.

To answer your question more directly, the command to set up a
certain locale environment is "M-x set-locale-environment".  It
accepts the "pseudo-environment" "utf-8", as well as "normal" locale
names, such as "en_US.8859-1".



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