[wingide-users] Detecting File Encoding

Wingware Support support at wingware.com
Thu Apr 2 08:02:47 MDT 2009

Michael Foord wrote:
> I wonder if Wing could do a better job of detecting UTF-8. I just opened 
> a text file with a UTF-8 encoding and Wing displayed it using my 
> preference default (Mac-roman which I have now changed) which mangled 
> the non-ascii characters.
> As in general, a file that successfully decodes with UTF-8 *is* UTF-8, 
> it makes sense to try this *before* the default encoding.

Interesting... I wasn't aware of that and was worrying that some weird
encoding might look like utf-8.  If this is true and safe, it certainly
seems the thing to do.  Thanks!

> In addition it would be nice to be able to modify the encoding used on a 
> per file basis - I just a file displayed incorrectly as Mac-roman (my 
> default). In order to change it I had to change my global preferences 
> and re-open the file. Is there a better way to do this for displaying an 
> individual file that may differ from the default?

In File Properties there is an Encoding attribute that will operate just
on the one file.


Stephan Deibel
Wingware | Python IDE
Advancing Software Development


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