java encoding charset suggestion

Martin Buchholz martinrb at
Mon Mar 18 19:04:08 UTC 2013

On Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 11:34 AM, Helio Frota <heliofrota at> wrote:

> Please try to use á é í ...
> But I think the operating system should set the default, not the
>> application.  On my Ubuntu system I see the traditional ASCII English
>> default:
> I agree, but the JVM could not be pro-active ?

How can java know that UTF-8 will work better than, for example,
It cannot, so it asks the operating system, which answers "Use ASCII".
"Well, OK, at least it will work for Americans"

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