character set detection?

Dominic Mitchell dom at
Sun Jan 7 14:46:36 GMT 2007

ben at wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 07, 2007 at 01:13:12PM +0000, Dominic Mitchell wrote:
>> Taht is,treat the input as UTF-8 by default (which *is* reliably 
>> recognisable, and also catches plain ASCII), and failing that, treat it 
>> as Windows-1252, which is (more-or-less) a superset of ISO-8859-1.
> Um. UTF-8 has some multi-byte characters which are also valid ISO-8859-1,
> I believe, although this is a corner case.

Well, all UTF-8 is also valid ISO-8859-1.  But, if the string is correct 
UTF-8, it's exceedingly unlikely that you are also looking at valid 
ISO-8859-1.  The probability gets smaller the longer the length of the 
UTF-8 string.


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