pidgin: 48377678: This adds an "auto-detect UTF-8" option ...

Ethan Blanton elb at
Fri Aug 1 18:29:04 EDT 2008

Richard Laager spake unto us the following wisdom:
> On Fri, 2008-08-01 at 15:50 -0400, elb at wrote:
> > This adds an "auto-detect UTF-8" option to IRC which, when enabled,
> > will treat any incoming text which validates as UTF-8 as UTF-8
> > regardless of the configured account encoding. It does not affect transmission
> Isn't this the same as setting your encoding to "UTF-8,$encoding"? Or is
> the second part of this the key... that it won't transmit in UTF-8?

The second part is indeed the key.  Basically, what this allows is for
someone who normally transacts in an 8-bit single-byte encoding (such
as ISO-8859-*) to properly view UTF-8 if a random newcomer to a
channel unknowingly spews forth UTF-8 (which is increasingly common).

The trouble is that UTF-8,$encoding causes transmission in UTF-8, and
$encoding,UTF-8 will never fall through in such an instance.  (All
byte sequences are valid byte sequences in many 8-bit single-byte

Text which is caught by this option should probably be marked in some
way (so that the recipient can say "hey, fix your encoding"), ideally.


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