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Set pbcopy to use UTF-8 by default
Authored by: rdm on Jan 06, '09 10:04:42AM

Although I would agree that using Unicode throughout would be a good idea, I'm not sure most people are aware of the issues involved with 'switching'. That is, trying to use a Unicode input method on existing documents already started with non-Unicode encoding. [Documents can't switch all the 'other' text automatically, even if everything is displayed 'correctly'.]

Particularly if users have the 'Use one input source in all documents' checked in the Input Method selection Preference Pane, as this may force Unicode input in previously non-Unicode documents.

Until all internal text objects on the Mac are Unicode with simply different input/display methods, mixing text representations within a single document can be very problematic.

So just be cautious about switching to Unicode mid-stream, and be aware of potential issues.

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