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Re: How to select the default coding system


From: Grant Rettke
Subject: Re: How to select the default coding system
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 20:13:05 -0500

Anywhere

(prefer-coding-system 'utf-8)

In GUI

(setq x-select-request-type '(UTF8_STRING COMPOUND_TEXT TEXT STRING))

On Windows

(set-clipboard-coding-system 'utf-16le-dos)
Grant Rettke
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On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 9:05 AM, Mikael Djurfeldt <address@hidden> wrote:
> Dear all,
>
> I just got a question from a beginner Emacs user how to set the default
> coding system.  For some reason, he didn't get utf-8 by default (which he
> wanted).  He might have touched some setting which caused this.
>
> Now, I'm myself an experienced Emacs user and once did have a complete
> overview of Emacs functionality.  But the multi-lingual envorpnment, coding
> systems etc is new to me.
>
> Trying to find the answer to this users question, I realized that the
> complexity is too large even for me (elisp programmer) to find an answer in
> reasonable time.
>
> I started out browsing options in the GUI, trying to find an option for the
> default coding system.  I *did* find some coding system options under
> "mule", but nothing which seemed to fit.
>
> In the manual I found a function "prefer-coding-system", which I gather one
> could place in .emacs.
>
> Q: What is the natural way to specify the default coding system,
> preferrably using the GUI (to facilitate things for this novel user).
>
> Best regards,
> Mikael D.



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