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On 8/23/05, Per Bothner <per@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > > I'm missing your point, or vice versa. My point is: if I as a > computer create a text file without doing anything special, > it will have a particular encoding that is presumably suitable > for my language and environment. This default encoding may > have been set up by my system administrator or the company > that sold me my computer. This is a tricky issue. Even given your locale is set to some encoding, it's not clear whether files should be read and created in that encoding by default, or in UTF-8 by default as in Mac OS X and Windows. There was some discussion on this on the PLT list: http://list.cs.brown.edu/pipermail/plt-scheme/2005-February/007912.html -- Alex