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Guide to Locales - Why You Should Use UTF-8
The locale system's character set is always
While it is possible to use other character sets for the locale system,
utf-8 offers many benefits that other character sets lack, and has no known issues. For this reason, we only recommend
If you receive character encoding errors or other "garbled" text, read our Troubleshooting documentation.
The locale system uses the
utf-8 character encoding for several specific reasons:
- Character sets and collations are complicated topics. A unified standard simplifies the localization process immensely.
utf-8support is universal.
utf-8allows you to list multiple languages in a single interface or file (for example, to create a menu of available locales).
utf-8ensures that the locale system can interact with external systems (for example, file editors and databases).
While it is possible for a locale to use another character encoding, we have yet to find a good reason to do so. For this reason, we will not document how to use a different character set. If, however, you think that you have found a valid reason to use another character set, we would be happy to consider it. Reach out to us in Discord with the technical reasons why your project requires a locale in another encoding.
For more information about
utf-8, we recommend that you watch Dan Muey's I ♥ Unicode presentation from OSCon 2014.