[Python-3000] Help on text editors

Paul Prescod paul at prescod.net
Sat Sep 9 19:58:22 CEST 2006

On 9/7/06, Jeff Wilcox <jeff at soft.fujitsu.com > wrote:
> > From: "Paul Prescod" < paul at prescod.net>
> > 1. On US English Windows, Notepad defaults to an encoding called "ANSI".
> > "ANSI" is not a real encoding at all (and certainly not one from the
> On Japanese Windows 2000, Notepad defaults to ANSI as it does in the
> English
> version.  It actually writes Shift JIS though.
> > 2. On my English Mac, the default character set for textedit is "Mac OS
> > Roman". What is it for foreign language macs? What API does an
> application
> > use to query this default character set? What setting is it derived
> from?
> > The Unix-level locale (seems not!) or some GUI-level setting (which
> one)?
> Mac OS X actually doesn't have different language versions of the
> operating
> system.  If you change the language setting, the Japanese version
> *becomes*
> the English version and vice versa. (Several of the English speakers that
> I
> work with have purchased Japanese Macs and switched them over to English,
> they're indistinguishable from English Macs afterwards.  Similarly,
> several
> Macs purchased in the US have been successfully switched to Japanese, and
> become indistinguishable from Macs bought in Japan.)

Great: but what is the default Textedit encoding on a Japanized version of
the Mac?

 Paul Prescod
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