[Mono-dev] Re: [Mono-devel-list] mcs patch for default encoding

Kornél Pál kornelpal at hotmail.com
Mon Aug 22 05:23:41 EDT 2005

1252 is far from Hungarian as well altough I think not as far as from
Japanese.:) But normally Encoding.Default will be used that depends on the
hacker. If he likes Japanese code pages he can set them on the system and
will be used by mcs. The second case is only a fallback. And I think using a
simple SBCS latin code page is better.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Atsushi Eno" <atsushi at ximian.com>
To: "Kornél Pál" <kornelpal at hotmail.com>
Cc: "mono-devel mailing list" <mono-devel-list at lists.ximian.com>
Sent: Monday, August 22, 2005 11:13 AM
Subject: Re: [Mono-dev] Re: [Mono-devel-list] mcs patch for default encoding

> Hi,
>> I think using 1252 as a fallback is better than UTF-8 as it is a regular
>> single-byte code page. UTF-8 should be detected (and I think it is
>> detected)
>> using byte order marks anyway.
>> I agree that using 28591 as the default encoding is is a bad decission.
> This guess is "Western centric" ;-) Neither 1252 nor 28591 is
> "regular" code page. For example, almost all Japanese text editors
> does not support iso-8859-1 in "save as..." feature (usually, only
> shift_jis (932/ANSI), iso-2022-jp (50221) and euc-jp (50932) are
> supported). I assume this situation is common to other Asian nations.
> (Thus Japanese hackers were reluctant to edit such files on which
> someone wrote only-iso-8859-1 letters.)
> UTF-8 should be detected but cannot be done perfectly (automatic
> encoding detection is not always possible) and actually we don't
> support further auto detection than BOM lookup (csc seems to handle
> them fine). This could be fixed but in reality it's not working.
> So I think using utf-8 as the default would make better sense.
>> What about using Encoding.Default instead of
>> CultureInfo.CurrentCulture.TextInfo.ANSICodePage as it is really based on
>> system code page?
> Yeah, I'd change them as such.
> Atsushi Eno
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