[pmwiki-users] Defaulting PmWiki to utf8
design5 at softflow.co.uk
Wed Nov 14 11:00:09 CST 2007
> So, what I'm seeing at the moment is that if we switch to using
> utf8 by default, admins of existing sites have to be notified
> somehow that the default has changed and told how to configure
> the site to continue using iso-8859-1, or given a procedure to
> somehow convert the site's pages to utf8. And once someone
> starts the utf8 conversion, it can get a bit messy to try to
> convert back.
> Any thoughts on the overall process, how much of an impact a move
> like this might have on existing sites, or how we might go about this?
I don't know what is involved to configure a wiki to iso-8859-1,
but could an upgrade be smart enough to see that the wiki is using
this standard and switch to it, without an admin having to do
anything? Its fine to notify the admin that there is a new default now,
and changeover options are available. But she should not be forced or
required to do anything I think.
Especially if you think that the majority of sites using the iso
standard are in non-English countries, and admins possibly struggling
with English advise for reconfigurations. So if it is possible I like
to see a smart update script which automatically sets the right
character set for whatever is in place.
Also a new install should allow the option to use iso or utf.
I hope this message gets through, as I have not received any mailing
list messages since 20 hours or so, but seem to be able to post. I read
the subject on the mailing list archive.
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