UTF-8 By Default

This is going to be a short post. It may look like stating the obvious, but I was again reminded the other day that there are still frameworks and tools that do not have their default encoding set to UTF-8. So, two requests:

To framework authors and contributors: use UTF-8 by default, everywhere.

To developers: if you see a non-UTF-8 default, report a bug / request improvement.

I mostly look at the web side of the story, but same goes for desktop software.

The site UTF8Everywhere is also an advocate for this, you can take a look at the manifesto.

If using only English, why not stick to ISO-8859-1? If you only use latin script, you don’t lose anything from UTF-8 – it’s a variable length encoding and the initial symbols (corresponding to the ASCII ones) take the same amount of space.

Why you should use UTF-8? Because otherwise you will get tons of nasty encoding-related problems.

To conclude: Use UTF-8 by default

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3 thoughts on “UTF-8 By Default”

  1. Yes – with non-UTF-8 encodings you will hit many encoding problems. I usually write multi-lingual software, and that’s what I’ve come down to

  2. It’s enough that someone will use name in comments with ‘foreign symbols’ on your’s ‘only english’ (therefore ISO-8859-1) blog

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