[texworks] Questions about encoding

Peter Hertel peter.hertel at uni-osnabrueck.de
Fri Nov 6 13:10:27 CET 2009

I encountered the same problem. Naturally, UTF-8 is better because it is 
the emerging standard. However, to cope with previous projects  with 
files in latin1 I wrote a MATLAB program (see the attachement) to 
prepend all files by  % !TeX encoding = latin1. I could not find a bach 
program which tranlated my files from latin1 to UTF-8. Or is there one?

Ignasi Furió wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've been using WinEdt for years and now I'm starting to use TeXworks. 
> With WinEdt I used ISO-8859-1 so when an old .tex file is openened 
> with TeXworks all accented characters are wrong. I have two options, 
> first one is two change TeXworks encoding, close and reopen TeXworks. 
> Second one is insert "!TeX encoding=latin1" in all files, but this 
> change must be done with the correct encoding in TeXworks (or with 
> another editor) because the file will be saved with the selected 
> encoding and I've no option to change it while saving the file.
> I've seen an issue about this question in TeXworks page so I would 
> like to know how is people solving this problem.
> Should I work only with latin1 encoding and forget UTF8 because I 
> mainly write in catalan and spanish? Should I tend to change to UTF8? 
> Why?
> Any comment will be wellcome.
> Best reagrds,
> Ignasi

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