Is there really a default source encoding?

Brian Quinlan brian at
Thu Jan 23 20:29:54 CET 2003

> > Because making the default encoding UTF-8 would break the majority
> > source files that include non-ASCII characters.
> Whereas making it ASCII won't? (Having Latin-1 for a certain period of
> time I can understand, the switch to ASCII *afterwards* not).

I don't understand the goal of your proposal. The goal of the current
plan is to support existing non-ASCII source files but warn the user
that they will need to add an encoding comment in the future. 

UTF-8 is a supported encoding. In fact, if a UTF-8 BOM is present then
the encoding comment is not necessary.


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