Re: texteditors that can process and save in different encodings

From: Stephan Stiller <>
Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2012 13:17:26 -0700

>>> Ideal would be an editor that gives me previews in an easy-to-use
>>> encoding selection menu that in addition highlights fully or almost-
>>> compatible encodings, highlights (after loading) positions in the file
>>> that don't conform to the requested encoding (and lets me choose how
>>> to handle them), and knows different versions of encodings.

>>> As some codepages had minor additions or corrections in later
>>> versions, it'd be useful to have an editor that offers the choice to
>>> access earlier versions of encodings - this is clearly specialist
>>> usage but the knowledge exists.
>> Even for character-set wonks like us, it's hard to see that being
>> useful in a practical sense.
> Non-additive changes are rare, yes. Anyways, the main thing is that I
> want to see the functionality and knowledge somewhere in a usable
> little program; it doesn't necessarily have to be bundled into a
> texteditor scenario.

Thanks to all recent replies. I have one quick afterthought about my
second paragraph: While use is indeed limited, knowing different
encodings' versions is really just knowledge, not "functionality": any
editor or piece of software that can deal with different codepages has
in principle the ability to do the same sorts of things with different
codepages' versions. So /that/ is just a question of having that
knowledge be documented somewhere (and put into the right shape), but
(unlike my first paragraph) not one of software features.

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