[asdf-devel] source file encoding

Daniel Herring dherring at tentpost.com
Sat Jan 29 22:14:01 UTC 2011

On Sat, 29 Jan 2011, Faré wrote:
> On 29 January 2011 11:18, Cyrus Harmon <ch-lisp at bobobeach.com> wrote:
>> And, even worse, how do we asdf:load-op .asd files that contain non-ascii characters? (besides changing the locale, which, while it will work for a single .asd file, doesn't address the issue of how to load multiple ASDF systems from different locales).
> Probably one of the below makes sense:
> 4- we embrace Unicode, and say it's UTF-8 by default wherever
> supported, falling back to iso-8859-1 or whatever on implementations
> that don't have it.
> I'd vote for 4.

I'd agree.

There are very few cases which justify using an encoding other than utf-8 
(or occasionally utf-16) for source code.  None should be relevant for ASD 

Establishing one standard with fallbacks for less-capable implementations 
is better for portability than trying to accommodate every encoding.

- Daniel

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