Is there really a default source encoding?

Alexander Schmolck a.schmolck at
Thu Jan 23 20:07:41 CET 2003

Brian Quinlan <brian at> writes:

> > Why not just utf-8? At least the move to ascii might be a (roundabout)
> > step in that direction...
> Because making the default encoding UTF-8 would break the majority of
> 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).


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