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Detecting BOM for UTF files

From: Sébastien Kirche
Subject: Detecting BOM for UTF files
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2003 15:55:54 +0200

I recently had to switch my .emacs to UTF-8 encoding, because I was annoyed with proper encoding of french acccents between my home Emacs (win + linux) and my work Emacs (Mac OS X).

I saw then that Emacs cannot recognize automagically the UTF format of my .emacs when reloading it. I seen that there is neither BOM (byte order mark) at the beginning, nor adding one helps.

It was also fixed by adding

; -*- mode: emacs-lisp; coding: utf-8; -*-

at the begining.

Emacs seems to handle properly UTF files, but couldn't he "guess" their encoding by reading BOMs ?

Sébastien Kirche

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