... But alright, I give up. I've wasted way too much time on this, my patches were rejected, and nobody seems to care. Not exactly inspiring.
I lost track of this stuff months ago, and since I use only 7-bit ASCII in my own source code and file names and etc etc, UTF-8 and Latin-1 are identical to me <0.5 wink>.
Sorry, all this proposal does is change the default encoding on conversions from UTF-8 to Latin-1. That's very western-culture-centric.
Well, if you talk with an Asian, they'll probably tell you that Unicode itself is Eurocentric, and especially UTF-8 (UTF-7 introduces less bloat for non-Latin-1 Unicode characters). Most everyone likes their own national gimmicks best. Or, as Andy once said (paraphrasing), the virtue of UTF-8 is that it annoys everyone.
I do expect that the vase bulk of users would be less surprised if Latin-1 *were* the default encoding. Then the default would be usable as-is for many more people; UTF-8 is usable as-is only for me (i.e., 7-bit Americans). The non-Euros are in for a world of pain no matter what.
just-because-some-groups-can't-win-doesn't-mean-everyone-must- lose-ly y'rs - tim